Around the World in 80 Models: China, pt. 4

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Hop on board as we continue our journey Around the World in 80 Models! We began our itinerary at Sketchfab headquarters in New York and are working our way through Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, South America, and North America. To catch up on past destinations, check out the rest of the Around the World in 80 Models series.

This week we meet up with archaeologist Carlos Carpetudo, who tells us about a Qing Dynasty vase that made its way to a museum east of Lisbon.

China: Tea Caddy Vase

My name is Carlos Carpetudo and I live and work as an archaeologist in Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal. I started using 3D scanning because I saw it as an important resource for archaeology and heritage conservation recording and registration. That is why we have been using it as a fundamental tool at Morbase – the online platform of Montemor-o-Novo’s Municipality for the promotion of Montemor-o-Novo’s Historical and Cultural Heritage. We are currently working with a Nikon 7200 and Agisoft Photoscan to do the 3D scans via the photogrammetry technique.

The artefact featured on “Around the World in 80 Models” is a Chinese tea caddy jar, from the Qing dynasty, dating from the seventeenth century. It was part of the 12 month long ‘Artefact of the Month’ temporary exhibition at the Convento de São Domingos Museum of Archaeology in Montemor-o-Novo, that featured for the public the artefact, an explanatory video and the 3D model online on Sketchfab. In the process of photogrammetric scanning we faced one specific difficulty which was the porcelain reflecting the lighting around it. Because of that problem, we had to do some texture painting of the final texture in Blender.

Mistakenly, this Chinese tea caddy jar was used for several years as a flower vase in the space of the Convento de São Domingos until it was identified again as an important artefact by a museum employee. Its specific origin and how it came to be incorporated in the museum collection is still unknown. However, its characteristics identify it as belonging to the reign of the Emperor Kangxi (1662-1725) when, after a hiatus in production, the porcelain “industry” regained its vigor and the characteristic blue design lines were improved, resulting in greater uniformity and paint flow.

From China to Portugal, this Chinese tea caddy jar has traveled half a world to be incorporated in the Convento de São Domingos Museum of Archaeology. Today, also on Sketchfab, its online 3D model promises to reach even greater distances on the Sketchfab blog series “Around the World in 80 Models”.


To see more of Carlos’ models here on Sketchfab, check out his profile!

About the author

Abby & Néstor

Abby and Néstor are Sketchfab Masters.
Abby Crawford, Ph.D. is trained in and passionate about Roman Archaeology and works as a freelance artifact illustrator and 3D scanner in California.
Néstor F. Marqués is a virtual Heritage & cultural diffusion researcher, and an enthusiast of ancient Rome’s culture.

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