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Chinese ink tablets

From: Flora Nuttgens <flora.nuttgens>
Date: Thursday, July 18, 2002
I am currently surveying the condition of a varied collection of
organic material.  I have come across a set of Chinese ink tablets
(blocks of solid ink with finely moulded designs and embossed
lettering), which I think are probably made of carbon black.  Some
of them have a whitish bloom on the surface.  Does anyone know what
causes this and whether it is likely to be damaging in the long

Flora Nuttgens
Department of Eastern Art
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

                  Conservation DistList Instance 16:7
                   Distributed: Friday, July 19, 2002
                        Message Id: cdl-16-7-014
Received on Thursday, 18 July, 2002

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