|KEY WORD : art history / paintings|
|A pale blue pigment *ganryou 顔料, used in Japanese painting *nihonga 日本画. Byakugun is made by nihonga grinding down the dark blue pigment *gunjou 群青, which is an azurite or lapis lazuli powder. A range of blue tones can be achieved, as the smaller the particle size becomes, the lighter the color obtained. Paints made from insoluble mineral pigments like byakugun are known as *iwa-enogu 岩絵具.|
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