A history of Mummy Brown paint.

A history of Mummy Brown paint.

Mummy Brown’ is a pigment known for its brown, rich and bitumen qualities.

What is less well known is that in the 16th and 17th century, the paint was made by grinding up the remains of ancient Egyptian mummies giving its other name, caput mortum or ‘dead man’s head’ a more literal meaning. In the nineteenth century It was especially popular with the Pre-Raphaelites school.

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