‘Digging’ for color: The search for Egyptian Blue in ancient reliefs

May 8, 2014

A team of Yale researchers is working in the Yale University Art Gallery to map one of the long lost pigments — Egyptian Blue — on two reliefs from ancient Assyria that are located in the gallery. The team — Jens Stenger, conservation scientist at the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage; Carol Snow, deputy chief conservator and the Alan J. Dworsky Senior Conservator of Objects at YUAG; and Shiyanthi Thavapalan ‘11 MA, a third-year doctoral student in Assyriology — are using state-of-the-art technology from Yale’s West Campus to explore the two-dimensional carvings.