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The Production of Lead-Tin Yellow at Merovingian Schleitheim (Switzerland)

Heck, Martin and Rehren, Th. and Hoffmann, Peter :
The Production of Lead-Tin Yellow at Merovingian Schleitheim (Switzerland).
[Online-Edition: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1475-4754.00095]
In: Archaeometry, 45 (1) pp. 33-44.
[Article] , (2003)

Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1475-4754.00095

Abstract

A Merovingian crucible fragment, with internally adhering yellow glass, and yellow glass beads of the same region and period were investigated by non-destructive XRF, optical microscopy and SEM-EDS. Although the microstructure and chemical composition of the yellow pigment (lead2013tin yellow type II, 'PbSnO3') are almost identical in both the beads and the crucible, in the latter the pigment occurs in a much higher concentration. However, the glass base in the beads and the crucible is very different, indicating that the beads were not manufactured directly from the crucible. Instead, the crucible most likely served to produce lead2013tin yellow, which was subsequently mixed elsewhere with a colourless soda2013lime glass to produce yellow glass beads.

Item Type: Article
Erschienen: 2003
Creators: Heck, Martin and Rehren, Th. and Hoffmann, Peter
Title: The Production of Lead-Tin Yellow at Merovingian Schleitheim (Switzerland)
Language: English
Abstract:

A Merovingian crucible fragment, with internally adhering yellow glass, and yellow glass beads of the same region and period were investigated by non-destructive XRF, optical microscopy and SEM-EDS. Although the microstructure and chemical composition of the yellow pigment (lead2013tin yellow type II, 'PbSnO3') are almost identical in both the beads and the crucible, in the latter the pigment occurs in a much higher concentration. However, the glass base in the beads and the crucible is very different, indicating that the beads were not manufactured directly from the crucible. Instead, the crucible most likely served to produce lead2013tin yellow, which was subsequently mixed elsewhere with a colourless soda2013lime glass to produce yellow glass beads.

Journal or Publication Title: Archaeometry
Volume: 45
Number: 1
Divisions: 11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences > Material Science > Material Analytics
11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences > Material Science
11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2010 13:21
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1475-4754.00095
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