Non-Destructive Digitization of Soiled Historical Chinese Bamboo Scrolls

Conference contribution


Publication Details

Author(s): Stromer D, Christlein V, Huang X, Zippert P, Helmecke E, Hausotte T, Maier A
Title edited volumes: Proceedings - 13th IAPR International Workshop on Document Analysis Systems, DAS 2018
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Publication year: 2018
Conference Proceedings Title: 2018 13th IAPR Workshop on Document Analysis Systems (DAS)
Pages range: 55-60
ISBN: 9781538633465


Abstract

For about 2000 years, no paper was used as a media in China but writings and drawings were captured on bamboo and wooden slips. Several slips were bound together with strips and rolled up to a scroll. The writings and drawings were either brushed or even carved into the wood. Those documents are very precious for culture inheritance and research, but due to aging processes, the discovered pieces are sometimes in a poor condition and also soiled. Because cleaning the slips is not only challenging but also writings could be erased, we developed a method to digitize such historical documents without the need of cleaning. We perform a 3-D X-ray micro-CT scan resulting in a 3-D volume of the complete document. With our approach, we were able to investigate the scroll without any manual labor (e.g. unwrapping or cleaning). We showed that the method also works for heavily soiled scrolls where nothing is readable with the naked eye. This can help conservators to store all writings before they may be erased by the cleaning process. Finally, we present a manual technique to virtually unwrap and post-process the documents resulting in a 2-D image of all bamboo slips.


FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Christlein, Vincent
Lehrstuhl für Informatik 5 (Mustererkennung)
Hausotte, Tino Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Lehrstuhl für Fertigungsmesstechnik
Helmecke, Eric
Lehrstuhl für Fertigungsmesstechnik
Huang, Xiaolin Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Informatik 5 (Mustererkennung)
Maier, Andreas Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Lehrstuhl für Informatik 5 (Mustererkennung)
Stromer, Daniel
Lehrstuhl für Informatik 5 (Mustererkennung)
Zippert, Patrick
Lehrstuhl für Fertigungsmesstechnik


How to cite

APA:
Stromer, D., Christlein, V., Huang, X., Zippert, P., Helmecke, E., Hausotte, T., & Maier, A. (2018). Non-Destructive Digitization of Soiled Historical Chinese Bamboo Scrolls. In 2018 13th IAPR Workshop on Document Analysis Systems (DAS) (pp. 55-60). Vienna, Austria: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc..

MLA:
Stromer, Daniel, et al. "Non-Destructive Digitization of Soiled Historical Chinese Bamboo Scrolls." Proceedings of the 13th IAPR Workshop on Document Analysis Systems (DAS), Vienna, Austria Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2018. 55-60.

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