We are partnering with the Smithsonian’s Digitization Program Office (@Smithsonian3D) to digitize and create online experiences for our collection of incised elephant ivory tusks.
The project will enable research and interpretation of the cultural context of the tusks collected in Africa, and conservations issues surrounding the ivory trade. We anticipate that this project will provide a platform by which we can create interactive programs and exhibits for the public and generate an appreciation of the African artists and cultures that created these artworks. The team for this project includes Collections, Conservation, Photography, and Archives staff from the National Museum of African Art, as well as three scanning technicians from the Digitization Program Office.
We look forward to sharing more images with you of the process.
To learn more go to: 3d.si.edu