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I Love Malachite

The cover of White Powder of Gold features the beautiful, blue-green colour of malachite, which Ancient Egyptian scribes made by grinding copper ores into powder.

Ancient Egyptians first mined malachite deposits in the Sinai over 6000 years ago. The resulting pigment, known as wahdj, was used extensively by Ancient Egyptian artists to represent fertility, growth, regeneration and vegetation.

Malachite is one of my favourite colours and featured in many paintings and glazes such as these:

Other colours in the Ancient Egyptian palette were also based on natural pigments obtained from plants and minerals – even so they created a wide range of vibrant hues. Malachite goes particularly well with white and gold which are used as contrasts on the cover of White Powder Of Gold.

Image credits:

Rob Lavinsky, – CC-BY-SA-3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

JJ Harrison, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

kallerna, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Walters Art Museum – CC0 license

Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

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