Mummy Brown Cyberspace

Mummy brown [paint] was originally made in the 16th and 17th centuries from white Pitch (resin), Myrrh, and the ground-up remains of Egyptian mummies, both human and feline…  It fell from popularity in the early 19th century when its composition became generally known to artists.

Mummy brown was produced up into the 20th century until the supply of available mummies was exhausted.

When asked to describe how I relate to the internet, an old story about the creation of an unusual paint color popped into my head. Mummy Brown is a very useful paint–a rich, violet-toned earthy color– but as soon as its contents became known, many artists demanded that it be regulated because it was thought to carry foreign diseases. (One artist is even said to have given all of his paintings a Christian burial upon learning that “Mummy Brown” was actually made from Egyptian mummies.)

Maybe it’s just because I hate to waste time, and unknowledgeable using the internet seems to sap up time–whatever the reason, spending time online is a bit unsavory to me. I use Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr because they’re useful–but I’d rather be talking to people face-to-face. Or painting, even if it’s with Mummy Brown paint.

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