Sketchbook Page 3: Blue Burial
February 10, 2010 § 1 Comment
The surface of the partially mummified skeleton is coated with substantial amounts of Egyptian Blue (calcium copper silicate), a very stable synthetic pigment in use from the early Egyptian dynasties. The inside of the grave has also been coated with the ground pigment.
Egyptian blue (in German, Agyptisch Blau, in French, bleu Egyptien; other names include frit and Pompeian blue) displays remarkable chemical stability and durability – some examples of Egyptian painting that are well over 3,000 year old appear little changed by time.
Blue is often associated royalty and sometimes symbolic of the female principle in art.
Found within the grave, a stone painted simply with a number of dots.
Explanations are sought as to why this burial practice might have taken place.