Reckitts blue on Tribal artifacts

Reckitt’s Blue was a domestic bleaching agent, originally manufactured by Reckitt & Sons in England from 1840. It was in common use throughout the British Empire from the mid-19th century. Ethnographic artifacts such as Yoruba Ibeji figures and other Yoruba religious items were often decorated or received libations with this blue powder. Aboriginal artifacts were also often decorated with Reckitts blue.

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Reckitts Blue power packets

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Yoruba Ibeji figures decorated with Reckitts blue

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Reckitts Blue advertising poster

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A aboriginal shield decorated with Reckitts blue