The Allard Pierson’s Centuripe pyxis
Commissioned by: Laurien de Gelder, Allard Pierson
Data collection and modelling: Tijm Lanjouw
For an assignment by Laurien de Gelder, curator of the archaeological collections at the Allard Pierson, a unique ceramic vessel or pyxis (inv. APM13.988) with lid was captured and modelled using photogrammetry and RTI (Reflectance Transformation Imaging).
Recently, the Allard Pierson received a request by a prosecutor from Italy to return the object, orginating from Centuripe, a town in Sicily. As part of the restitution agreement, the vase was fully documented using current digital documentation techniques in 2D and 3D.
The purpose of the photogrammetric 3D model is to allow the Allard Pierson to exhibit a digital version of the object in various ways, while RTI was employed to see if it could help in the study of manufacture details and historical restorations.