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Deciphering the Elements of Iconic Pottery

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Image of a Greek vase.

A collaborative group of California scientists from the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), the Aerospace Corporation and the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC) at Stanford is investigating the ancient technology used to create works of art, such as the Greek vase above. From their study of the makeup of this iconic pottery, the researchers hope to further current conservation practice and future space travel.

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XANES maps generated using SSRL Beam Line 2-3.

XANES maps generated using SSRL beam line 2-3: a) optical image showing black gloss (right) and coral red (left); b) distribution of Fe2+ species (measuring iron present in an oxidation state); and c) distribution of Fe3+ species (measuring specific minerals present).

Credit: Marc Walton, Getty Conservation Institute


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Photo of Jeffrey Maish examining an Attic black-figure kylix under a binocular stereo-microscope.

J. Paul Getty Museum Associate Conservator Jeffrey Maish examining an Attic black-figure kylix under a binocular stereo-microscope.

Credit: Getty Conservation Institute


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