Replication of an Assyrian relief panel
Conservation Technologies was commissioned to produce an accurate replica of an Assyrian relief panel from the British Museum for the Pierre Gianadda Foundation in Switzerland. The original Assyrian carving (approximately 1m square) depicts a huntsman with hounds in a garden and dates from between 645-635 BC. The surface of the marble relief was too fragile to allow moulding and so a non-contact method of reproduction was employed.
The relief was laser scanned by Conservation Technologies in the Assyrian Galleries of the British Museum and the data processed to produce a highly accurate 3D computer model. Computer-controlled machining was then used to cut the replica relief into a high-density polyurethane modelboard. Conservators at Conservation Technologies then applied the finishing touch using their colour-matching skills and knowledge of materials to patinate the surface of the panel.
Have a look at images taken during the recording process in the image gallery.