Definitions for nielloniˈɛl oʊ; -ˈɛl i
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ni•el•loniˈɛl oʊ; -ˈɛl i(n.; v.)(pl.)-el•li; -el•loed, -el•lo•ing.
(n.)a black metallic substance, consisting of silver, copper, lead, and sulfur, with which an incised design or ground is filled to create an ornamental effect on metal.
Category: Metallurgy, Fine Arts
ornamental work so created.
Category: Fine Arts
(v.t.)to decorate with niello.
Category: Fine Arts, Printing
Origin of niello:
1810–20; < It
Any of various black metal alloys, made of sulphur with copper, silver or lead, used to create decorative designs on other metals.
Origin: From niello, from post-classical nigellum, from nigellus.
a metallic alloy of a deep black color
the art, process, or method of decorating metal with incised designs filled with the black alloy
a piece of metal, or any other object, so decorated
an impression on paper taken from an ancient incised decoration or metal plate
Niello is a black mixture of copper, silver, and lead sulphides, used as an inlay on engraved or etched metal. It can be used for filling in designs cut from metal. The Egyptians are credited with originating niello decoration, which spread throughout Europe during the late Iron Age and is common in Anglo-Saxon, Celtic and other types of Early Medieval jewellery.
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