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VMs: Re: Red stars, yellow stars

Hi Luis,

So azurite remains our prime suspect - unless it was some weird mulberry

Here's a project by Emma Sharp at King's College London, analysing the use of Raman microscopy / spectroscopy and FTIR to determine the types of pigment used on (amongst other things) a 15th century manuscript, with a view to aiding sympathetic restoration etc:


May I ask: has anyone here put together (in the past) a proper research proposal to the Beinecke for analysing these kinds of things?

They're definitely planning to do some conservation work on the VMS sometime soon... but if they don't even know what it's made of, how could they do a proper job?

I'm no Gil Grissom (:-9) but proper forensic analysis would almost certainly teach us many things about the VMS that (for example) palaeography and cryptography can't.

Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....