THE PIGMENTS OF THE CANOSA VASES: A TECHNICAL NOTE
DAVID A. SCOTT, & MICHAEL SCHILLING
THE WORK presented here has identified the nature of the pigments on samples of Canosa ware in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum. Some of the pigments from these vases are very fragile and may require surface consolidation to ensure their stability. The range of pigments used is quite typical for the period of manufacture in the early centuries B.C., although it is unusual to see rose madder used as ceramic colorant; this material would burn out in firing and so be lost in a fired ceramic surface.
THE AUTHORS wish to thank the following for essential advice and guidance: Michele Derrick, associate scientist, Analytical Section, Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), for carrying out the Fourier transform infrared examination; Eric Doehne, associate scientist, GCI, for electron microprobe examination of one sample; Ken Hamma, associate curator, Department of Antiquities, J. Paul Getty Museum; Max Saltzman, scientific consultant, GCI; David McJunkin, research geochemist, Laboratory for Historical Colorants, University of California, Los Angeles; and Janet Boley, part-time scientific assistant, for carrying out x-ray diffraction analysis at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.