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Explore reference collections and databases of materials and samples assembled by cultural institutions.

REFERENCE MATERIALS

Asian Textile Database: inventory of textiles used to mount East Asian paintings and calligraphy scrolls and screens at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art, in Washington, DC.

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National Museum of Asian Art CSR reference collection: more than 3,000 samples from a variety of sources available for comparison and analysis.

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Dye Analysis Database: analyses of reference dye materials and analyses of samples from cultural artifacts that have been carried out by liquid chromatography, generally coupled with diode array and mass spectrometer detectors (LC/DAD/MS)

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Fiber Reference Image Library (FRIL): a database of images of textile fibers acquired through the use of multiple microscopic techniques.

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Forbes Pigment Database: 3000 colorants assembled by the late Edward Waldo Forbes, former Director of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University.

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Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) Reference Collection: repository of reference materials for use in the analysis of art objects.

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The HSLL houses a number of Reference Material Collections. All have been acquired commercially and through donations for the purpose of heritage science research projects and their value is purely scientific.

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A collection of 230 paper samples was gathered from various commercial sources across Central Asia, Near East and North Africa (spanning the 15th to 19th centuries) for the purpose of scientific research.

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National Gallery of Art (NGA) Art Materials Research and Study Center: artists' materials, technical information, and trade literature, including more than 18,000 of samples, including a variety of paints, varnishes, and drawing materials.

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National Gallery of Art (NGA) Paper Sample Collection: collection of documented samples, identified by the manufacturer or distributor, and covers mostly fine- and student-grade artists’ papers available in the United States.

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