The Paint That Was Made From Mummies

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Yeah, this is gross. Artists of the 16th and 17th centuries loved a particular pigment of paint that had a particularly morbid secret ingredient—mummies. Although Europe was going through a mummy craze at the time, the contents of this paint weren't generally known. In fact, at least one artist ceremonially buried his tube of "mummy brown" after he found out that the name was quite literal. Keep scrolling for more on mummies in the modern day.


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