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Reason: File access is limited to the Blackfoot Digital Library [BDL] and to the Museums currently caring for the items.  Models will be freely viewable on the Mootookakio’ssin microsite of the BDL.   Limiting access to full RTI datasets is a community-led decision safeguarding and protecting against misuse of community ‘assets’

Marischal Museum, University of Aberdeen ABDUA: 5505 (knee or arm bands) detail under Reflectance Transformation Imaging

posted on 2022-02-14, 13:55 authored by Louisa MinkinLouisa Minkin, Ian Dawson, Concepts Have Teeth
ABDUA: 5505(knee or arm bands)

Marischal Museum Catalogue Description:
Pair of man's knee or arm bands, re-worked into a boy's belt. Made of hide, cut into rows. Each row wrapped with quills dyed in commercial dye. Block design on a red background. All the rows have been sewn back together again with cotton thread. Bottom edge of each fringe/ row decorated tin jingle/cone with dyed purple feathers. Red ribbon ties. Purple, yellow, green and natural white design on red background. Worn at formal events e.g. Pow-wows. Circa 1880

Reflectance Transformation Imaging dataset of a detail of quillwork taken on project visit to Marischal Museum Collection Centre, Aberdeen September 2021.

Comprising 143 jpeg files and finished .ptm file.

RTI is a computational photographic method that captures a subject’s surface shape and colour and enables the interactive re-lighting of the subject from any direction. RTI also permits the mathematical enhancement of the subject’s surface shape and colour attributes. The enhancement functions of RTI reveal surface information that is not disclosed under direct empirical examination of the physical object.

RTI Viewer and Builder are freely downloadable from Cultural Heritage Imaging.


Concepts Have Teeth, And Teeth That Bite Through Time: digital imaging and Blackfoot material culture in UK museums.

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