Views into the Virtual Mummy's Head
A stack of transverse computer tomograms (as seen on the left) is the basic material for the Virtual Mummy. The sagittal (center) and coronal (right) cross-sections are reconstructed from this basic material.
The head is enclosed in a mask made of linen. Underneath lies the ring of justification. The skull is wrapped in several layers of linen. At the back of the head, traces of hardened ointment can be found. A stick serves as a stabilization for the head. The mummy still rests in the original lower part of the 2300 year-old coffin.
An image sequence of reconstructed perspective views, which simulates the unwrapping of the mummy. Four partially colored light sources serve as illumination. The light from below creates a ghosty impression.
Computer graphic has no limits concerning viewpoints. The left image results when a viewpoint in the oral cavity is combined with the field of vision as shown on the right cross section.
The computer program can also calculate artificial x-ray images, e.g. a panoramic radiograph, similar to those made by a dentist.
Imagination is not limited when presenting the Virtual Mummy.
The sensation of depth can be enhanced by a stereogram of the image. These pictures should be viewed with red/green glasses. Colours are lost, though, when using this method.
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