Thursday, 29 January 2015

Interesting Artifact

Hi All,

I was doing some research for other things and came across an interesting article that reminded me of something Neal had mentioned about working with intricate beads.  I find these types of artifacts interesting and part of me would love to see the scans/3D print to learn how they are constructed, but then ethics (as always) comes in to play.  What do you think?


i-ing the past said...

Very cool... you can see the digitally deconstructed olive pit boat (and a long poem carved on the "bottom" of the boat) on the Museum's page of sample 3D models here:

I was lucky enough to visit the National palace Museum in Taipei a few years ago, which represents part of the holdings from the imperial palace in the Forbidden City from several dynasties, and shipped out to Taipei before the fall of Beijing during the Communist civil war in 1948. The spectacular art work of things like the carved ivory ball, the carved Jade cabbage, and another piece that looks like fried pork skin, had long line ups to view. My favourite piece, though, was the porcelain vase-in-a-vase (well, and the entire ceramics section!) of goldfish swimming in a pond you can also see as a 3D model.

Ramsay Macfie said...

I find such bizarrely tiny carvings fascinating because it seems to me that they operate within a unique depictional dimension. While they are clearly models, they are carved to a level of detail that defies the abilities of the naked eye, enhancing their appearance of perfect representation (much like how when you shrink a digital version of an unrealistic drawing it seems to become an increasingly fine one). The writing on the bottom of the boats is too small to easily read, but detailed enough to clearly show that it is a text. So, the olive stone boats seem to be made extra-real by the very process of making them so unrealistically tiny.
I think this raises some interesting ideas about representation that are relevant to our discussions of digital archaeology.. I need to think more on this..

Josh Herter said...

I was just going back through all of the posts on the blog and came across this one realizing that I haven't seen it before. the handy work of some of these early woodworkers is just amazing. The level of detail and the amount of time that would have been needed to complete something like this is astonishing. It just makes me wonder why and then how... I mean I can barely sharpen a stick with a knife without breaking it. These artifacts and their representation on the internet is why digital archaeology is so important. If this collection was not put online than there is a good chance that none of us would have ever stumbled across it.