Welcome everyone, it’s time for another edition of my personal favorite posting series, “I Can Munsell That.” Today we have a special guest, Mr. Bonejangles! Mr. Bonejangles, do you have anything to say to our wonderful audience? Oh, I guess you can’t really talk without lips or a tongue or lungs or some form of Re-Animator fluid… You know what Mr. Bonejangles, we’ll get to work on that as soon as this post is finished.
I don’t know if that’s what it’s called. It’s a nutcracker that’s been sitting in this office for I don’t know how long. It looks a little spooky, so I’m just going to assume he’d be a spooky bloke with some wise guy sense of humor, chattering his teeth at jokes or in between some skeletal pun.
As I’m sure you can see, Mr. Bonejangles is a very photogenic skeleton/nutcracker. However, he does not fit well with a Munsell Soil Color Book. His colors are a little too glossy to truly match so a few are as close as I could reasonably match. Bonejangles has five main colors that seem relatively consistent throughout, though there may be some variance in shading, lighting, thickness of paint, or my eyes playing tricks on me. Mr. B. has two shades of white that I matched closely with colors on the White Page (who would’ve guessed). The white used for his skeleton minus the skull looked to be 9.5/N (white) and the white of his skull 8/N (white). Then there is the shiny black which I matched closest on Gley 1 with 2.5/N (black). I do think his color could be better matched, however I did not have access to a page devoted to the differences between dark black and slightly darker black. Bonejangles also has these brilliant green highlights along his skull which matched almost perfectly (in my eye) with 10Y 6/4 (pale olive). Finally, the final color that makes his spookiness pop, bright red eyes, which look like 10R 3/6 (dark red) or at least that’s the closest color I could find. I admit his eyes are a bit too bright but I must work with what I have.
I would like to leave you on a side note, IUP Anthropology Department is hosting an Open House for International Archaeology Day on Oct. 20th from 12:00-3:00pm on the ground floor of McElhaney Hall. We are displaying artifacts, faunal specimens, student research, flintknapping and atlatl demonstrations outside (weather permitting). We hope to see you there!