Caput Mortuum

HEX #592720 / RGB (89, 39, 32)

Dead Head Red Skull

What is Caput Mortuum Color?

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Caput Mortuum has the hex code #592720. The equivalent RGB values are (89, 39, 32), which means it is composed of 56% red, 24% green and 20% blue. The CMYK color codes, used in printers, are C:0 M:56 Y:64 K:65. In the HSV/HSB scale, Caput Mortuum has a hue of 7°, 64% saturation and a brightness value of 35%.
Details of other color codes including equivalent web safe and HTML & CSS colors are given in the table below. Also listed are the closest Pantone® (PMS) and RAL colors.

The name of the color comes from Latin meaning "dead head". The color is very dark reddish brown which comes from haematite iron oxide pigment used in paints and dyes. It was also commonly used to paint the robes of religious figures which probably lead to its other name, cardinal purple.

The color is not included in the web list and cannot be used by name in HTML and CSS code. However, caput mortuum can be applied to web pages with its hex code, RGB and/or HSL values. Please note that the CMYK color values listed on this page have been derived from the hex code using known formulae and are only approximates.

Caput Mortuum (also spelt as caput mortum or caput mortem) is sometimes confused with Egyptian brown, a pigment that was produced by grinding mummies. However, the two colors could have been the same once upon a time though their sources were different - one from mummies and the other from earth.
Other names: Cardinal Purple

Caput Mortuum Color Codes

Hex Code#592720
RGB Values(89, 39, 32)
CMYK Values(0%, 56%, 64%, 65%)
HSV/HSB Values(7°, 64%, 35%)
Closest Web Safe#663333
Inverse Color#A6D8DF [Crystal]
Closest Pantone®4625 C
Closest RAL8015 [Chestnut brown]
Complementary Color#205259 [Dark Slate Gray]
Caput Mortuum Converted to Grayscale Codes
Simple Average#353535
Weighted Average (Most Common)#353535
Weighted Average (Luma)#313131
Weighted Average (Gamma Adjusted)#757575

Caput Mortuum Color Palettes

Complementary color palette of 592720. Complementary color is 205259

Complementary Palette

The complement of Caput Mortuum is Dark Slate Gray with the hex code #205259. Complementary colors are those found at the opposite ends of the color wheel. Thus, as per the RGB system, the best contrast to #592720 color is offered by #205259. The complementary color palette is easiest to use and work with. Studies have shown that contrasting color palette is the best way to grab a viewer's attention.

Analogous color palette with (592720, 594420 and 592036)

Analogous Palette

The analogous colors of Caput Mortuum (#592720) are Liver (Dogs) (#594420) and Brown Chocolate (#592036). In the RGB color wheel, these two analogous colors occur to the right and left of Caput Mortuum with a 30° separation on either side. An analogous color palette is extremely soothing to the eyes and works wonders if your main color is soft or pastel.

Split Complementary color palette with (592720, 205944 and 203659)

Split-Complementary Palette

As per the RGB color wheel, the split-complementary colors of Caput Mortuum (#592720) are #205944 (Brunswick Green) and #203659 (Indigo (Rainbow)). A split-complementary color palette consists of the main color along with those on either side (30°) of the complementary color. Based on our research, usage of split-complementary palettes is on the rise online, especially in graphics and web sites designs. It may be because it is not as contrasting as the complementary color palette and, hence, results in a combination which is pleasant to the eyes.

Triadic color palette with (592720, 205927 and 272059)

Triadic Palette

Caput Mortuum triadic color palette has three colors each of which is separated by 120° in the RGB wheel. Thus, #205927 (Cal Poly Pomona Green) and #272059 (Space Cadet) along with #592720 create a stunning and beautiful triadic palette with the maximum variation in hue and, therefore, offering the best possible contrast when taken together.

Tetradic color palette with (592720, 205927, 205259 and 592052)

Tetradic Palette

The tetradic palette of Caput Mortuum has four colors - #205927 (Cal Poly Pomona Green), #205259 (Dark Slate Gray) and #592052 (Japanese Violet) in addition to the base color (#592720). A tetradic color palette is complex and, in most cases, should not be used off-the-shelf. We suggest tweaking the colors slightly to achieve desired results.

Square color palette with (592720, 365920, 205259 and 442059)

Square Palette

Caput Mortuum square color palette has #365920 (Mughal Green), #205259 (Dark Slate Gray) and #442059 (American Purple). Quite like triadic, the hues in a square palette are at the maximum distance from each other, which is 90°.
Note: For several colors purposes, a square palette may look much better than the tetrad color palette.

Rainbow color

Caput Mortuum Color Rainbow Palette

Our Caput Mortuum rainbow color palette is based on the RGB model and consists of 7 colors, just like the traditional rainbow. You might not see a lot of variation in color, especially if the chosen color is dark or extremely light. However, this can lead interesting rainbow palettes that are faded, soft, pastel or dull.

Tints, Tones & Shades of Caput Mortuum Color


  • Transparent 7A524D#7A524D
  • Transparent 8B6863#8B6863
  • Transparent 9B7D79#9B7D79
  • Transparent AC9390#AC9390
  • Transparent BDA9A6#BDA9A6
  • Transparent CDBEBC#CDBEBC
  • Transparent DED4D2#DED4D2
  • Transparent EEE9E9#EEE9E9


  • Transparent 613933#613933
  • Transparent 65423D#65423D
  • Transparent 694B46#694B46
  • Transparent 6D5450#6D5450
  • Transparent 705C5A#705C5A
  • Transparent 746563#746563
  • Transparent 786E6D#786E6D
  • Transparent 7C7776#7C7776


  • Transparent 471F1A#471F1A
  • Transparent 3E1B16#3E1B16
  • Transparent 351713#351713
  • Transparent 2D1410#2D1410
  • Transparent 24100D#24100D
  • Transparent 1B0C0A#1B0C0A
  • Transparent 120806#120806
  • Transparent 090403#090403

Caput Mortuum Color Patterns

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    Caput Mortuum Gingham Checks

  • Transparent

    Caput Mortuum Vertical Stripes Pattern

  • Transparent

    Caput Mortuum Polka Dots Pattern

  • Transparent

    Caput Mortuum Honeycomb Pattern

  • Transparent

    Caput Mortuum Leaves Pattern

  • Transparent

    Caput Mortuum Houndstooth Pattern

  • Transparent

    Caput Mortuum Trellis Pattern

  • Transparent

    Caput Mortuum Plaid Pattern

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