Tel Kabri is one of four Eastern Mediterranean sites in which Aegean-style paintings have been discovered. A significant portion of the fragments found during the 2008–2011 excavation seasons were blue in colour; previous examination had identified the pigment as Egyptian Blue, which was commonly used in the ancient world from the 3rd millennium BCE until the end of the Roman period. This study further investi-gated the blue pigment with the Visible Induced Luminescence technique, allowing us to exclude the use of other blue pigments by the ancient artists of Tel Kabri. It also provided new information on the distribution of the pigment on the surfaces of the fragments, including those in which the blue colour was hardly visible to the naked eye. The technique supported other observations on the layering of the pigments as well as the mixtures of colours and provided data on conservation issues related to the painted fragments. The findings of the study clearly demonstrate the advantages of the technique to investigate areas in Aegean-style Bronze Age wall paintings that were painted using the Egyptian Blue pigment.
|Title of host publication||Tracing Technoscapes – The Production of Bronze Age Wall Paintings in the Eastern Mediterranean|
|Editors||J. Becker, J. Jungfleisch, C. von Rüden|
|Place of Publication||Leiden|
|Number of pages||17|
|State||Published - 2018|