Posted: Sep 09, 2015 1:42 pm
by kennyc
Oeditor wrote:They have this to say about the ink:
Do you have any information about the ink?
The brown ink from this period used on the manuscript would have been made from a carbon-based pigment, applied with a reed pen. The red ink, which may have been added later, could be made from kermes lake pigment, which was available at the time. The inks have not been age-tested as there is currently no scientifically reliable method of dating inks.
Interesting point about the red ink - the ornamentations have been suggested as ruling out an early date. This casts doubt on that argument.

Interesting maybe the ornamentation was added later. That certainly would be a consideration in testing/dating the ink!