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Paul Pingitzer: Tin plating on ancient Roman bronzes. The Jupiter-Dolichenus panel from Traismauer, KHM Vienna. Back
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Abstract: Conservation and restoration of six fragments of an originally double-sided triangular bronze panel of the (2/3 Cents AD), the focus of this diploma project included considerations of museum presentation and the possibility of virtual reconstruction of the object’s original appearance. Contrasting colours of the gold-tone of the background and the shimmering white metals originally created the visual impact. During the course of exposing the surface of the panel’s verso, the previously-invisible tin-plating was revealed on on the background. As a consequence of the tinning on te object, numerous technical and scientific examinations of tin-plating on Roman bronzes were made; practical experiments and comparisons with archeological finds of similar composition resulted in substantial information about historic technology and corrosion behaviour. Using similar objects as models, it was possible not only to largely reconstruct the image of the remaining fragments but also to create to an animated video illustration.


Keywords: bronze panel, animated video illustration, virtual reconstruction, tin-plating, tinning, corrosion
  • academic institution: Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien
  • kind of theses:  Diplomarbeit
  • main Tutor:  Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Gabriela Krist
  • assistant Tutor:  -
  • date:  2003
  • Language:  German
  • pages:  134
Paul Pingitzer
Franz Klein-Gasse 1
Das Österreichische Archäologische Institut (ÖAI)
1190  Wien
p.pingitzer@[Diesen Teil loeschen]


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