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3D model of Tahat's coffin

The Carlos Museum’s Ann Cox Chambers Court is the best place in the Southeast to see and experience ancient Egyptian funerary art. It’s how many friends of the Carlos first become acquainted with the museum. It’s also a popular destination for school field trips.

In these days of quarantine, the Carlos Collection Online remains a useful tool for accessing artwork from each of the museum’s collecting areas offsite.

The museum is very pleased to also offer a 3D rendering of a Carlos favorite, the coffin of Tanakhtnettahat Ta-Aset, also known as “Tahat”, which is featured in the new online SmARTy Pack, Slithering Through the Galleries.

The 3D rendering was created by archaeologist David Anderson, an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, using photogrammetry. Photogrammetry is the science of taking measurements from photographs, by looking at the surface points of an object. By taking a series of overlapping images, computer software can be used to stitch the images together, not just as a 2D image, but also as a 3D model.

Photogrammetric models are a useful tool for documentation since they reveal angles and details that are not otherwise exposed. And 3D models are a great way for the public to interact with objects since the user can twist and turn, zoom and focus on details.

Click below to experience Tahat in 3D!