webinar register page

Webinar banner
Sneak Peek - Beyond the Naked Eye: Inks of Asia
Traditional East Asian ink—used in painting and calligraphy—was previously fashioned from either pine soot or lampblack soot. While these materials are still in use, contemporary inks are also composed of industrial carbon black. These three different soots are chemically similar and can be difficult to identify, despite some variation in their characteristics. In this talk, conservation scientist Jennifer Giaccai will examine samples from modern soot and ink workshops in Japan and China, identifying commonalities and disparities. She will also discuss ongoing studies using Raman spectroscopy to identify ink sources without requiring scientists to remove samples from artwork.

This talk is part of the monthly lunchtime series Sneak Peek: New Research from the Freer and Sackler, where museum staff present in-depth, personal perspectives on and discuss ongoing research connected to works in the Freer and Sackler collections.

Aug 10, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Webinar is over, you cannot register now. If you have any questions, please contact Webinar host: Freer and Sackler.