Qualitative analysis of a trace amount of pigments used in Japanese painting

In this report, qualitative analyses of five small pieces of deteriorated Japanese paintings were performed to identify the pigments remaining on the substrate.

Background

Japanese paintings consist of pigments and dyes laid down on substrates such as Japanese paper and silk. Deterioration of substrates and the fading and sicoloration of pigments occur over time. For renovation and preservation of cultural properties, it is important to understand the deterioration of paintings scientifically.
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