Cool artifacts from Google's new 3D gallery
Tour the best museums around the world in this virtual collection.
Even for the most ardent enthusiast, visiting all the best sculptures in the world is nearly impossible. And, while seeing photos of sculptures in a big coffee-table book or on your computer screen is great, it pales in comparison to experiencing the work from all sides and angles.
Google may have a solution. The Google Cultural institute has expanded its collections of photos from the world's museums to include 3D scans of sculptures. Users can access the collection via a browser-based viewer that allows them to flip and rotate the artwork.
Six museums are participating in the pilot program including the Dallas Museum of Art, The Museum of Oriental Art in Italy, The Israel Museum, The California Academy of Science, The Kunsthistorische Museum Vienna and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Here are three of the cooler sculptures featured with links to where you can see them in 3D:
Made of stone, this 9,000 year-old mask was found in the Israeli desert. Notice there are carvings that look like teeth on the mask.
The museum can only pinpoint a 700-year window in which this odd sculpture was made, between 200 B.C.E. and 500 A.D. It was discovered in Mexico.
This hippo figurine is from 2000 B.C.E., and the fauna painted on it depicts the environment he would inhabit.
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