Egyptian blue — Cuprorivaite a window to ancient Egyptian technology

@article{Jaksch2004EgyptianB,
  title={Egyptian blue — Cuprorivaite a window to ancient Egyptian technology},
  author={H. Jaksch and W. Seipel and K. Weiner and A. Goresy},
  journal={Naturwissenschaften},
  year={2004},
  volume={70},
  pages={525-535}
}
Egyptian Blue, a multicomponent synthetic blue pigment has been recorded in ancient Egypt since the Fourth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom (2600–2480 B.C.). The pigment consisting of cuprorivaite (CaCuSi4O10) with variable amounts of wollastonite (CaSiO3), Cu-rich glass and cuprite (Cu3O) or tenorite (CuO) was prepared by melting the copper-rich ingredient with lime and desert sand. Low melting temperatures (below 742 °C) were achieved by addition of flux-like plant ashes. The high quality of the… Expand
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