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24.11.2015

An interactive look at the IR and UV images of the shroud

An interactive look at the IR and UV images of the shroud

Reflected IR photography shows the distribution of colours that absorb infrared light, such as ochre. Some details that are usually difficult to make out with a naked eye can be seen more clearly in those images: the features of the woman and her child look sharper, and the eye of Anubis, as well as the intricate details of his clothing, can be seen very well.

Different luminescence of the pigments used for the image, and organic materials used during previous conservation works can be seen in the ultraviolet photographs. The white pigments on separate parts of the shroud have different luminescence: the woman's tunic has a bluish glow; however, the figure of the mummy has a glow typical for white lead. The luminescence of the pink dress is characteristic for red organic pigments. Various types of organic materials, such as duplicating adhesive (the dark spots) and strengthening compound (the whitish stains), were clearly used for the figure of Anubis, where the losses are especially excessive and the duplicate canvas can be seen. The UV photography presents the current state of the image in the most objective way, showing numerous losses of the paint layer that can't be seen on a regular photograph.

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