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A preliminary comparative technical analysis of earth-based pigments used by Aboriginal artists from the Kimberley region and other natural, synthetic or commercial sources

P NEL, R Sloggett, H Casey, D Lau, D Hay, J Laird, C Ryan

ICOM-CC 17th Triennial Conference Preprints, Melbourne, 15-19 September 2014 | International Council of Museums | Published : 2014

Abstract

Developing non-destructive analytical methodolo- gies for Indigenous Australian cultural heritage is of critical interest for art historians, curators, art- ists and conservators. Prompted by an observed increase in the number of Australian Aboriginal art- works with problematic provenance, highlighted in a ground-breaking authentication case, and tech- nical questions raised by the need to treat flood- damaged artworks, research was undertaken to determine the best methods for analysing ochre- based paints. As many Aboriginal paintings and artefacts are predominantly composed of earth- based pigments, samples of synthetic pigments and naturally occurring ochres were obtained from a range of..

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