12th Century Ivory Carving – From A High Resolution 3D Laser Scan to A Full Colour 1:1 Scale Replica
One of the things I love about this job is some of the extraordinary things we get asked to 3D scan and then create high detail physical replicas of. I mean, how often do you get asked to 3D scan a priceless 12th century hand-carved ivory tablet for the church, and then make a 1:1 scale physical replica. How totally awesome!
As you can see from the below image of us 3D laser scanning the original artefact, it’s an incredible object depicting the birth of Jesus in a series of hand carved storyboards. The craftsmanship and detail is ridiculously fine, even by modern day standards. Measuring approximately 18cm in total length, it’s like having a 12th century story-telling smartphone in the palm of your hand!
Our first task was to 3D scan the artefact in super-high resolution (create a 1:1 scale 3D digital master). Our next task was to create a super-fine 3D print of the artefact. Finally, we added the surface fine detail by a hand carving and painting process, using reference photography of the original artefact.
After many hours of work, it was extremely gratifying to learn that our client was delighted with the finished replica that we produced for them. With huge thanks to ‘Fr Michael’ for his continued support and direction over the whole project.
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