Sep 11 – 16, 2022
University of Warsaw
Europe/Warsaw timezone

Islamic coin studies using Reflectance Transformation Imaging as a non-destructive technical examination of numismatic data documentation

Sep 13, 2022, 2:00 PM
1h
University of Warsaw

University of Warsaw

Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28 Warsaw

Speakers

Almoatzbellah Elshahawi (Metal Conservator at the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities) Hamdy Abdul-Monem (The Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo) Islam Shaheen (Egyptian Museum, Cairo)

Description

One of the most important technologies used in the documentation and examination of cultural heritage is Reflectance Transformation Imaging technique (RTI). Because of its many advantages RTI has been widely used in processes of digitization, interpretation, and virtual presentation of ancient coins. This research will focus on the use of the RTI technique in the study, examination, and interpretation of inscriptions of twelve Islamic coins in the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo, and to provide an improved access of numismatists to this coinage. Despite the small size of the studied coins, and their lustrous surfaces, the RTI images delivered good results in the virtual exploration and interpretation of the selected coins, and helped to make them available to numismatists in a simple, effective and clear manner.

Primary authors

Almoatzbellah Elshahawi (Metal Conservator at the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities) Hamdy Abdul-Monem (The Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo) Islam Shaheen (Egyptian Museum, Cairo)

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