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April 4 2014

Pinch of Pigment: Mummy Brown


Many of the early Pre-Raphaelite paintings may have paint made from dead Egyptians.

Considered to be a highly variable pigment between raw umber (almost greenish brown) and burnt umber (a ruddier brown), Mummy Brown was a transparent brown good for mixing. And it was appalling. Made from ancient Egyptian human and feline mummies.

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