NON – DESTRUCTIVE XRF ANALYSIS OF METALLIC OBJECTS FROM BENAKI MUSEUM OF ISLAMIC ART

By March 5, 2021New, Vol. 7.2

by Christina Konstantina Kousouni, Theodore Gkanetsos and Adamantia Panagopoulou

ABSTRACT

Islamic art is present around the world, Benaki Museum, Museum of Islamic Art (Athens, Greece) has a col-lection of various objects, a part of this collection was studied through portable XRF analysis. The objects that were studied are sixteen (16) metallic Islamic artifacts; three candlesticks, six basins, a cup, an ewer, two com-passes, two pen boxes and an incense burner. These artifacts are dated in the 13th to 15th century, with origin from Iran, Syria, Turkey and Egypt, and are of great aesthetic value and the unique metalworking techniques revealed by their shapes, decorations and complex manufacturing alloys. Portable X-ray fluorescence analysis provided information about the artifacts’ construction materials, which were mainly copper, zinc, iron, lead, tin and nickel.

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