Despite being displayed in museums around the world, ivory sculptures from 3,000 years ago held a secret that has now been revealed: were painted with colored pigments and decorated with gold.
After the chemical analyzes carried out on the Phoenician sculptures have been shown to contain traces of metals invisible to the naked eye. These metals were found in pigments used in ancient times such as Egyptian copper blue and iron-based hematite. "Ivory does not usually contain these types of substances," explained Ina Reiche, a chemist at the Laboratory of Molecular and Structural Archeology in Paris.
Experts suspected that Phoenician sculptures may have originally been painted But until now, no study has been carried out to really prove it. The team led by Reiche used an X-ray-based method that showed the spatial distribution of the distribution not observable to the human eye.
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