Replication of a 14th century earthenware panel from Uzbekistan
Conservation Technologies was commissioned by the Victoria and Albert Museum to make an accurate replica of a glazed earthenware panel from the tomb of Buyanquli Khan in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. The panel is believed to date back to c1358.
The original panel was laser scanned and an accurate 3D computer model created. The replica panel was then precisely cut from a block of polyurethane resin using computer controlled (CNC) machining, with the 3D computer model controlling the path of the cutting tool. The surface was patinated by hand to create the glazed earthenware appearance. The replica panel was installed as an exhibit for visitors to handle in the Jameel Gallery of Islamic art when it opened in 2006.
Have a look at images taken during the reconstruction process in the image gallery above.