During the initial study of the Statue of Bacchus, our examination went beyond its surface, which we had already looked at with the naked eye in natural light as well as with ultraviolet light. We also wanted and needed to look inside the sculpture. To do this, we used gamma radiography, the industrial version of X-rays. Knowing what held together the various fragments of the composite statue will be helpful when we take it apart.
Learn more about why we are taking Bacchus apart—and how you can support the project.
Caroline M. Rocheleau is curator of ancient art at the NCMA.
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