Marvels of Materials: Authored by Doug Braun, Binghamton UniversityMain MenuMarvels of Materials: Trade and Materiality in Ancient EgyptA virtual exhibition designed by Doug Braun (Binghamton University, class of 2020)Marvels of Materials, by Doug Braun (Binghamton University)Distribution of raw materials and finished goods in the second millennium BCEThe Voyage to Punt Relief: Trading in Ancient EgyptTravertineEgyptian faienceLimestoneCobaltIvoryAuthored by Doug Braun, Binghamton UniversityWoodMeet the Author: Doug BraunHilary Becker8acde8ddd866de3e1500ef02591b1ae693bb7788Written by Doug Braun, Binghamton University
12020-04-14T20:01:18-07:00Hilary Becker8acde8ddd866de3e1500ef02591b1ae693bb7788372236plain2020-04-15T11:51:15-07:00Hilary Becker8acde8ddd866de3e1500ef02591b1ae693bb7788Egyptian blue is an artificially produced pigment, developed in the third millennium BCE, most likely in Egypt. The pigment is similar in structure to glass, and is made by heating together quartz-rich sand, an alkali like natron or potash, and bronze or copper to achieve its eponymous color. The pigment was then crushed, an agglomerative substance was added, and the pigment was thickly applied upon the surface of an object. Coloration of the pigment was dependent upon the levels of alkali in the mixture, as well as the grain size of the pigment, creating the dark color you see on the hair of this portrait head. The method for producing the pigment was not only known in Egypt, but across the ancient world, and it was the chief blue pigment of the ancient Mediterranean. Egyptian blue can be found on objects of all kinds, from the hair of this bust, to frescoes found in Bronze Age Greece. The pigment was also widely used across the Roman Empire, showing the broad impact of this material across space and time.
1media/IMG_0488_thumb.jpg2020-04-15T11:50:09-07:00Egyptian blue1A modern sample of Egyptian blue in front of the Ptolemiac head. (Photo credit: Hilary Becker)media/IMG_0488.jpgplain2020-04-15T11:50:09-07:00153817202001282020012815381742.088811111111,-75.96795