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Gold leaf on the cover of a book.

Gold leaf on the cover of a book.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm


Gold leaf is gold which has been beaten into a very thin sheet, a relatively easy proces as gold is one of the softest, most malleable metals. It was popular for providing decoration and titling on book covers, by a proces known as tooling. Gilding, the application of gold leaf, was also a technique commonly used in making illuminated manuscripts.

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