3D laser scanning the Quai Branly duho
Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France
Accession number 71.1950.77.1
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.
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.
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.
The video clip below shows the 3D model with a texture (colour map) applied.
A 3D interactive viewer has also been created of the Quai Branly duho.