Coniferous wood pulp in traditional Korean paper between the 15th and 18th centuries AD

Hyejung Yum, Brian Singer, Anne Bacon

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Abstract

One hundred and sixty-nine fibre samples from books in the Korean collection and 68 samples from books in the Japanese collection at the British Library were analysed. A further 15 samples of Korean paper from a private collection were also examined. The analysis confirmed that most of the papers contained mulberry species ( Moraceae family) as the main papermaking material, and other materials, such as hemp, rice straw and reed, which have been commonly known as supplements to traditional Korean papermaking. However, 15 Korean papers and one Japanese paper dating between ad 1498 and 1798 appeared to include coniferous wood fibres. This substantial find supports a previous single find of a coniferous wood fibre in Korean paper. The dates of most of these papers containing wood fibres precede the use of wood pulps in European paper
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-479
JournalArchaeometry
Volume51
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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