Visual Acuity advises on 3D image display for Mummy: the inside story
6 December 2011
Brighton, UK. Visual Acuity is working with The British Museum
on a new version of their international touring exhibition entitled
Mummy: the inside story — secrets of the tomb. The tour's premier
venue, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, USA, will display a
3D imaging experience around one of the Museum’s most intriguing ancient
artifacts: the mummy of Nesperennub.
For this new tour, The British Museum deployed advanced 3D
imaging technologies to reveal the secrets inside the mummy of
Nesperennub — an ancient Egyptian priest who died in approximately
800 BC — using non-invasive X-ray and computerised tomography (CT)
scanning techniques to look inside the mummy without disturbing its
wrappings in any way.
Image (here 2D of course) of a 3D scan of Nesperennub.
The British Museum
The experiment provided a unique insight into the complex
mummification process and Nesperennub’s life in ancient Egypt, while
also allowing Museum staff to reconstruct his facial features.
Visual Acuity was then engaged to advise on a 3D theatre display,
which would allow visitors to see graphic visualizations of the
mummy’s face and skeleton, despite the fact that they remained
encased within his coffin.
Blair Parkin, Managing Director at Visual Acuity, recalls: “We
have used the most advanced projection and display technologies to
show graphic representations of the outer coffin, the cartonnage
case that sits inside it and actually holds Nesperennub’s remains,
the skeleton and the jewellery with which the body was adorned prior
to embalming and, most strikingly, a very detailed representation of
Image of a 3D scan of Nesperennub.
The British Museum
The Mummy — still intact — has made a transatlantic journey to
the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia for an
exhibition spanning four months. Teams from both museums are working
on creating a new display, using the latest 3D projection technology
to create an even deeper and more realistic experience for visitors.
The latest chapter in this mummy’s extraordinary story unfolded on 19 November 2011. The show is narrated by Patrick
Stewart and covers many new discoveries unseen to the visiting
public before now.