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niˈɛl oʊ; -ˈɛl iniel·lo

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Wiktionary

  1. niellonoun

    Any of various black metal alloys, made of sulphur with copper, silver or lead, used to create decorative designs on other metals.

  2. Etymology: From niello, from post-classical nigellum, from nigellus.

Wikipedia

  1. Niello

    Niello is a black mixture, usually of sulphur, copper, silver, and lead, used as an inlay on engraved or etched metal, especially silver. It is added as a powder or paste, then fired until it melts or at least softens, and flows or is pushed into the engraved lines in the metal. It hardens and blackens when cool, and the niello on the flat surface is polished off to show the filled lines in black, contrasting with the polished metal (usually silver) around it. It may also be used with other metalworking techniques to cover larger areas, as seen in the sky in the diptych illustrated here. The metal where niello is to be placed is often roughened to provide a key. In many cases, especially in objects that have been buried underground, where the niello is now lost, the roughened surface indicates that it was once there.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Niellonoun

    a metallic alloy of a deep black color

  2. Niellonoun

    the art, process, or method of decorating metal with incised designs filled with the black alloy

  3. Niellonoun

    a piece of metal, or any other object, so decorated

  4. Niellonoun

    an impression on paper taken from an ancient incised decoration or metal plate

  5. Etymology: [It. niello, LL. nigellum a black of blackish enamel, fr. L. nigellus, dim. of niger black. See Negro, and cf. Anneal.]

Wikidata

  1. Niello

    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

  1. Niello

    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.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of niello in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of niello in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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