The two funerary pieces from the second or third century AD
|Press conference for Minister of cultural Properties and Tourism, and Senator Francesco Rutelli
destroyed by ISIS in Palmyra has been restored by Italian experts of the Higher Institute for Conservation and Restoration in Rome, which carried out the work using laser scans, a 3D printer and a mixture of nylon and marble dust.
The noble appearance of the man, who wears a Roman-style toga, and the woman, who has carved jewels around her neck and in the turban she wears.
The experts were able to glue the woman’s face back together, but the left side of the man’s was missing. A laser scan of the right side was used to recreate the left side, which was then produced in nylon on a 3D printer and covered in powdered marble to resemble the lost limestone. The surface was painted to match older surrounding colors.
Technicians used lasers to scan the shattered faces of the two figures and then sophisticated 3D printers to create resin parts that replaced the bits of stone that were lost during Isis’ rampage. The male figure was particularly badly smashed, with half its face missing.
Experts in Rome produced a “prosthetic” for the side of the face that was lost. It is removable, so that if the original stone fragment is ever found, it can be reattached. The prosthetic attaches to the stone bust with the help of six tiny magnets.
Two official representatives of DGAM will arrive in Rome on February 26 to take the busts back for safekeeping in Damascus.
In this occasion, DGAM has the opportunity to thank:
- Senator Francesco Rutelli, president of the Association for the meeting of civilizations
- Professor: Paolo Matthiae, Head of Mission of Ebla
- Professor Frances Pinnock, co-director of the Mission Ebla
- The Higher Institute for Conservation and Restoration in Rome
For all outstanding efforts which submitted to support this Project.