Publications (late 2015) in Near Eastern Studies

Publications in Near Eastern Studies which used PLD-technology:

With the white light Portable Light Dome

HAMEEUW H. 2015: Mesopotamian Clay Cones in the ancient Near East Collections of the Royal Museums of Art and History, in: Bulletin des Musées royaux d’Art et d’Histoire, Bruxelles 48 (2013), 5-48.

VAN DER STEDE V. 2015, Une statuette d’orant des MRAH, in: Bulletin des Musées royaux d’Art et d’Histoire, Bruxelles 48 (2013), 49-56.

HAMEEUW H., GORRIS E., TAVERNIER J. 2015: Written on Mud: Some more Brick Inscriptions from Mesopotamia, in Akkadica 136, 89-101.

With the multispectral Portable Light Dome

VAN DER PERRE A., HAMEEUW H. 2015: Multispectrale beeldvorming: de Romeinse mummieportretten van de Fajoem, in: L. Delvaux en I. Therasse (ed), Sarcofagen. Onder de sterren van Noet, Brussel, 164-165.

VAN DER PERRE A., HAMEEUW H. 2015: La création d’images multi-spectrales: les portraits romains du Fayoum, in: Delvaux, L. and I. Therasse (ed.), Sarcophages. Sous les étoiles de Nout (2015), 164-165.


Light, Shadows and Surface Characteristics: The Multispectral Portable Light Dome

Poster presented @ inArt: 2nd International Conference on Innovation in Art Research and Technology, Ghent, 21-25 March 2016

by: L. Watteeuw, H. Hameeuw, B. Vandermeulen, A. Van der Perre,
V. Boschloos, L. Delvaux, M. Proesmans, M. van Bos and L. Van Gool

Poster InArt2016_Watteeuw et al

A pdf of the poster can be consulted here.


Microdome imaging workshop at the J.P. Getty Museum

RICH000535Between January 27th and February 3th the RICH team has been working together with the scientists and conservators of the J.P. Getty Museum and Research Institute in Los Angeles. Various artifacts of the Museum collection have been monitored and studied with Photometric Stereo such as medieval manuscripts, master drawings, bookbindings and daguerreotypes.

A daguerreotype by Jacob Byerly (1807-1883), left full image made with the White Light Microdome, middle a detail with raking light, right same detail with shaded filter showing physical degradation. Click on the image to enlarge;  collection Getty Museum

A daguerreotype by Jacob Byerly (1807-1883); left full image made with the White Light Microdome; middle a detail with raking light; right same detail with shaded filter showing degradation. Click on the image to enlarge;  collection J. P. Getty Museum

Both White Light and Multi-Spectral Microdomes have been used. The RICH Project, the technical background and the research targets have been highlighted the on February 2nd during the lecture: Microdomes and Manuscripts: Multi-Spectral and Photometric Stereo Imaging for Illuminations, Drawings and Documentary Heritage. After the lecture, a hands-on workshop was given at the Imaging Studio of the Getty Center.


Mira Calligraphiae Monumenta (Georg Bocskay & Joris Hoefnaegel, 1561-62), folio 33; image with White Light Microdome, collection Getty Museum


Mira Calligraphiae Monumenta (Georg Bosky & Joris Hoefnaegel, 1561-62),  detail, folio 33; Multi-Spectral Microdome; top left shaded filter; top middle Infrared light (850 nm); top right Red light (623 nm); below left Green light (523 nm); below middle Blue light (460 nm), below right UV light (365 nm)

RMAH – MS Imaging of Mummy Portrait

In collaboration with the RICH project and the ESAT labs (both KU Leuven) the Royal Museums of Art and History coordinates a pioneer project in which the multi-light Portable Light Dome is transformed into a Multi Spectral dome equipped with IR, Red, Green, Blue and UV LED light sources. This short video demonstrates the acquisition process with the fist developed MS microdome prototype of a Fayum mummy portrait (Egypt, Roman era) at the Brussels museum.

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Imaging embroidered bookbindings at the Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam


In preparation of workshop on Historical Embroidered Bookbindings at the Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam this summer, the RICH team monitored 15 precious historic bookbindings (16th – 19th century) with delicate needlework on velvet, silk and satin last week. The imaging was done with the white led microdome and with the multispectral microdome. Weaving, stitching and embroidering techniques were revealed in great detail, taking the researchers view through the eye of the needle.

Results will be presented during the 3-Days Seminar on Embroidered Bindings, Wednesday 19 – Friday 21 August, Summer School History of the Book at the Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam, Oude Turfmarkt 129, 17-28 August 2015. See:

Newest acquisition of the KU Leuven University Library monitored with the Multispectral Microdome

MS1993, folio 08R with normal and IR light; folio 45R with visual and false color IR

KU Leuven, MS1993, folio 008R with normal and IR light; folio 045R with visual and false color IR

In May 2015 the KU Leuven University Library acquired a unique illuminated manuscript from the Celestine monastery of Arenberg (Leuven, Belgium). The title “Preparationes ante missam” (“Preparations for the mass ‘) was written and illuminated in 1582 in the Celestine monastery in Heverlee, Leuven by the later prior Petrus Angeli. The manuscript is remarkably small in size (100 x 65 mm), and has 34 illuminations. At the beginning of the book Angeli painted eight heraldic weapons, held by female figures, angels, soldiers or ‘wildemannen ‘, followed with sixteen full-page miniatures. They are meticulously painted in warm and brilliant colors and finished with shell gold, depicting scenes of the Old and New Testament. The dedication miniature on folio 45 refers to the Croy’s family, members of the Knights of the Golden Fleece.

Last week the manuscript was examined in the Imaging Lab of the University Library with the new Multispectral Microdome developed in the framework of the RICH project. First conclusions are that the ‘cartouches’ and the coat of arms in the manuscript remained blank and were never overpainted. Moreover, the results showed with IR light that there was no underdrawing made with a carbon based medium, but probably some outline drawing of very small individual figures by a transfer technique. The false color imaging of folio 045r revealed a complex mixed color palette, characteristic for the late 16th century illumination technique. The coming academic year, the newly arrived manuscript will be examined and analyzed to reveal it’s hidden features.