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3D laser scanning the Quai Branly duho

Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France

Accession number 71.1950.77.1

wooden figure during laser scanning

The Quai Branly duho| during 3D laser scanning.

This large Haitian duho| is an important object within the Musée du Quai Branly| collections. The duho was temporarily taken off display especially so that it could be studied and 3D laser scanned.

Cotton gloves must be worn at all times by anyone touching the sculpture to avoid contaminating the surface with grease and dirt from their hands. Any vibrations (such as those caused by lots of people walking past) can interfere with the 3D laser scanning process. The sculpture was laser scanned in a quiet room in the basement of the Musée du Quai Branly, well away from the busy galleries.

detail of underside of wooden figure 

Close up of the underside of the Quai Branly duho, immediately in front of the hind left leg.

The underneath of the sculpture has many cut and scratch marks on the surface. These marks are of particular interest, as this project is concerned in part with how these wooden sculptures were made. Every attempt was made to capture as many of the marks as possible during scanning. However, some of them were just too small to be picked up by the 3D laser scanner. Most of the marks were recorded and can be seen if you look very carefully at the image below.

computer image of underside of wooden figure 

Screenshot of the 3D computer model of the underneath of the Quai Branly duho (in front of the hind left leg).

The data collected in Paris was processed to produce a 3D computer model. Photographs of areas that have been identified as being of particular interest to this research were mapped onto the 3D model. One such area being the cut marks on the underneath of the sculpture. 

Click on the thumbnails below to see the results of 3D laser scanning the duho.

Detail of the top of the Quai Branly duho. Screenshot of 3D computer model of the Quai Branly duho created from data collected by 3D laser scanning. Screenshot of the 3D computer model of the Quai Branly duho. Screenshot of the 3D computer model of the Quai Branly duho.  This view shows the intricate patterns across the shoulders of the duho. Screenshot of the computer model of the Quai Branly duho with colour photos mapped onto to feature areas of particular interest. Screenshot of the Quai Branly duho in 3D, with mapped colour photos. Duhos rarely feature carving in this neck/shoulder area, and this is one of the most detailed depictions. Screenshot of the 3D computer model of the Quai Branly duho with a colour photo mapped onto the shoulder area. This area is often excavated to hold inlays, but here it has been carved in a pattern typical of Taíno art. Screenshot of the Quai Branly duho with a colour photo mapped onto the 3D model.  This back panel occurs in a number of duhos from Hispaniola, and could be indicative of a regional style.

The video clip below shows the 3D model with a texture (colour map) applied.

Further information

A 3D interactive viewer| has also been created of the Quai Branly duho.