From the Conservation Lab: Beyond What Meets the Eye. Conservators routinely use two important tools: ultraviolet light (UV) and x-radiography to study the surface and structure of ceramic vessels. On initial examination, this lobster vessel appears to be complete, a rare instance for an almost 2,000-year-old ceramic. When we looked at the surface under UV light, however, areas of repair at the bridge-spout handle and pincer arms are indicated by their fluorescing a bright whitish color. X-rays allow us to look inside the vessel and see how it was made. Variations in the thickness of the ceramic wall (light and dark) indicate that it is handmade. The pincers were made separately and attached to the main vessel.
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