Using 3-D Prototyping as an Intermediary in the Reconstruction of Ancient Pottery

Plate with Judgement of Paris
Attributed to Lydos
Greek, ca. 560 BCE
This slide presentation documents the use of 3-D prototyping to aid in the reconstruction of extensive losses in a black-figure ceramic plate. A wax prototype was created from a digital rendering of the plage. This prototype was then used to make a silicone rubber mold into which the ancient fragments were placed. Missing areas were cast in pigmented plaster around the fragments to complete the form.

This project was presented at the 39th Annual Meeting of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works in 2010. Expanded abstract of the presentation: View/Download