'Dragon’s blood’ I — characterization of an ancient resin using fourier transform raman spectroscopy

Edwards, H.G.M., Farwell, D.W. and Quye, A. (1997) 'Dragon’s blood’ I — characterization of an ancient resin using fourier transform raman spectroscopy. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 28(4), pp. 243-249. (doi:10.1002/(SICI)1097-4555(199704)28:4<243::AID-JRS91>3.0.CO;2-W)

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Abstract

Several resins generically known as ‘dragon’s blood’ from different botanical and geographical sources were characterised non-destructively using Fourier transform Raman spectroscopy. Genuine ‘dragon’s blood’ resin (Dracaena spp.) as found on Socotra Island was the probable source in antiquity. The spectra of recently collected Socotran resins from different sites were compared with fresh ‘dragon’s blood’ resins from Aden and Australia and a commercial source of Daemonorops draco from south-east Asia. All resin samples were freshly collected. A means of identification of the resins from their Raman spectra is proposed.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Quye, Dr Anita
Authors: Edwards, H.G.M., Farwell, D.W., and Quye, A.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > History of Art
Journal Name:Journal of Raman Spectroscopy
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:0377-0486
ISSN (Online):1097-4555

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