Reference : 3D investigation into the bust of Akhenaten in the Louvre Museum
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3D investigation into the bust of Akhenaten in the Louvre Museum
[fr] Étude 3D du buste d'Akhénaton du Musée du Louvre
Laboury, Dimitri mailto [Université de Liège > Département des sciences historiques > Archéologie égyptienne >]
Mulliez, Maud [Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS > UMS 3657 > Archeovision > >]
ARCE 2017 Annual Meeting
21 au 23 avril 2017
American Research Center in Egypt
Kansas City
[en] Akhenaten ; Amarna ; sculptor Thutmose ; Ancient Egyptian Art ; 3D analysis ; colored 3D
[en] Purchased in 1905 by G. Bénédite from the Antiquity market, the unprovenanced limestone bust of Akhenaten now kept in the Louvre Museum (under the inventory number E 11076) is world-famous but, in the end, rather poorly studied.
In the context of an international research project entitled RetroColor 3D (funded by the Région Nouvelle Aquitaine, France, and the University of Bordeaux Montaigne, at Archeovision - UMS 3657 of the CNRS), this exceptional piece of sculpture was investigated anew with the help of 3D reconstruction as a methodological tool. Reporting on this transdisciplinary analysis, the paper will explain how this led to a better understanding of the bust’s original function in the creation of royal portraiture during the so-called Amarna period.
UMS 3657 du CNRS - Archéovision
Région Nouvelle Aquitaine - Université de Bordeaux Montaigne
RetroColor 3D
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