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19. Shiyanthi Thavapalan: Colour in Mesopotamia

Released Wednesday, 3rd February 2021
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19. Shiyanthi Thavapalan: Colour in Mesopotamia

Shiyanthi throws light on how colour was interpreted in Mesopotamia. What cultural meanings were attached to colours? What was the relation between materials and colours? She explains where they sourced their pigments and how they made paints. 

2:26 Mesopotamia as a colourful place

6:01 How they saw colour

12:00 How we know about colour

14:47 Materials and colour

16:56 Sources of pigments

21:56 Experimental archaeology

23:33 The meaning of colours

Music by Ruba Hillawi

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