Bone black

/ bone blak /

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About the chemical structure:

Chemical name: calcium phosphate + calcium carbonate +carbon

Ca3(PO4)2 + CaCO3 +C

Refractive index: n/a


Color Index (C.I.) PBk 9

How can you identify Bone black?


UVF: no

IRFC: black


Bone black can be identified by means of FTIR

Raman spectra: University College London;

FTIR spectra: IRUG;

Usage and handling:

Permanence: Toxicity:

Lightfast: excellent

Degradation processes: bone black is a permanent color for all uses on the artist's palette. It is compatible with all other pigments and can be used with good results in all mediums.

non toxic. Care should be used in handling the dry powder pigment to avoid inhaling the dust.

MSDS: Kremer


The Chemistry of Paints and Painting, Sir arthur H. Church, fourth edition, SEELEY, SERVICE & CO. LIMITED 1915, p 270.

Other blacks
(intro) - Bone black - Carbon black