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
Origin: [It. niello, LL. nigellum a black of blackish enamel, fr. L. nigellus, dim. of niger black. See Negro, and cf. Anneal.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ni-el′lo, n. a method of ornamenting silver or gold plates by engraving the surface, and filling up the lines with a black composition, to give clearness and effect to the incised design: a work produced by this method: an impression taken from the engraved surface before the incised lines have been filled up: the compound used in niello-work.—v.t. to decorate with niello.—n. Niell′ure, the process, also the work done. [It. niello—Low L. nigellum, a black enamel—L. nigellus, dim. of niger, black.]
The numerical value of niello in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of niello in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
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