Horse coloured with carbon black and yellow ochre (17,300 BC) from Lascaux cave, France
Horse coloured with carbon black and yellow ochre (17,300 BC) from Lascaux cave, France

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Pliny, Natural History, bk. 35, ch.25
Pliny, Natural History, bk. 35, ch.25

Pliny's description of making carbon ink

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Bodleian Library MS. Digby 227, fol. 113v
Bodleian Library MS. Digby 227, fol. 113v

The Abingdon Apocalypse, the crucifixion scene. Detail of the abbot from the crucifixion illumination from the Abingdon Missal. His robe has been identified as carbon black.

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Horse coloured with carbon black and yellow ochre (17,300 BC) from Lascaux cave, France
Horse coloured with carbon black and yellow ochre (17,300 BC) from Lascaux cave, France

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