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Antimony black:


Calcium-based white:

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Copper sulphate:

Earth pigments:

Egg glair:

Egg yolk:

Green earth:

Gum Arabic:



Iron-gall ink:

Lead-oxide yellow:



Organic red colourants:

Organic yellow colourants:

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