Monthly Archives: January 2015

Turacine, Hartlaub’s Turaco and the UCL Grant Museum of Zoology

Further to my recent post on turacine, a pigment extracted only from the feathers of 17 species of turaco, a South African bird, I though I’d check to see if they had any turacos (or their remains) in the treasure … Continue reading

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Turacine: the most unlikely of pigments never to be used by artists

Everyone knows the story of Tyrian Purple, the dye extracted in the Eastern Mediterranean (and elsewhere) and prized by the Romans for its beautiful magenta hue. Everyone also knows that the production of the dye required about 20 billion shellfish … Continue reading

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