Sources of Pigments

Identify the sources of the pigments used in early history as readily available minerals

  • Pigments were derived directly from natural sources such as:
    o Calcium carbonate or chalk (white)
    o Charcoal (black)
    o Chalk (white)
    o Gypsum (white)
    o Kaolin or white clay (white)
    o Pebbles (yellow, brown, and red ochres for hydrated, partly hydrated and anhydrous Iron oxide)
    o Pyrolusite (black)