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3D scanning the Musée Barrois reliquary

Musée Barrois, Bar-le-Duc, France

Accession number 850.20.38

wooden figure on table with laser scanning equipment 

The Musée Barrois reliquary during 3D laser scanning.

The reliquary| was taken off display, especially so that it could be 3D laser scanned and studied by Joanna Ostapkowicz.. As the entire sculpture could not be scanned from one scanning position, the reliquary was scanned in five separate sections. Care was taken to ensure that there was sufficient overlap between the five sections of data so that it could be aligned to create one coherent 3D model.

detail of computer generated image of the surface of the sculpture 

A screenshot of a section of raw data created by 3D laser scanning the Musée Barrois reliquary.

The data collected in France was processed to produce a 3D computer model that showed the features of the model in sub-millimeter accuracy. A series of high resolution photographs of important parts of the sculpture Joanna had identified were also taken. These images were mapped onto the 3D model.

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

Close up of a damaged area of wood on the Musée Barrois reliquary. Screenshot of the 3D computer model created by laser scanning the Musée Barrois reliquary. Screenshot of the 3D computer model created by laser scanning the Musée Barrois reliquary. Screenshot of the 3D computer model of the Musée Barrois reliquary from the top, showing the hollow centre Screenshot of the 3D computer model of the Musée Barrois reliquary with colour photos mapped onto the 3D model in areas of particular interest. 3D screenshot of the computer model of the Musée Barrois reliquary, showing the extended tongue – a highly unusual feature in Taíno art. Screenshot of the 3D computer model of the Musée Barrois reliquary with colour photos mapped onto the 3D model. The drill hole at the top of the ear, now broken, may have once held cotton cords decorated with shells or feathers. Screenshot of the 3D computer model of the Musée Barrois reliquary with colour photos mapped onto the 3D model. The designs along the headband may be a stylised representation of the designs on woven cotton caps worn by the Taíno.

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 Musée Barrois reliquary.