Digital restoration

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Another advantage of digital media is the potential to manipulate the data. It is possible to digitally restore the object both by working with specialists to modify the data and by scanning fragments that have been dispersed in museum and private collections. This way the data can be merged to produce a digitally restored facsimile of a damaged original. The precise protocol for this has yet to be established although the current practice is to insert these fragments while clearly marking the join in a discreet but visible way.

Fragments from the Hall of beauties (Seti I)

In the facsimile of the tomb of Seti I restoration of certain features can be carried out by reproducing equivalent features from elsewhere in the tomb. Working with the world expert on the tomb Erik Hornung, it would be possible to restore the entire tomb by scanning all the fragments that were removed and are now in Museums and private collections around the world. Once these are re-integrated, the integrity both of the tomb and the text on the walls would be partially restored. It would then be possible to work with different experts to suggest how the tomb may have looked when it was uncovered in 1817, or how it may have looked in the days of Seti I.

Go to Seti I project

Tutankhamun's South Wall: recovering the missing pieces

Working with assistance from the Griffith Institute in Oxford, who supplied a high resolution file of Harry Burton's photograph of a fragment removed from the south wall of the tomb of Tutankhamun, Factum Arte has reconstructed its colour. All colour information is based on the high resolution recordings made in the tomb.
View the project on Factum Foundation page.

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