Inspection of Asian Lacquer Substructures by Terahertz Time-Domain Imaging (THz-TDI)

Corinna Ludovica Koch Dandolo, Kaori Fukunaga, Yoshei Kohzuma, Kyoko Kiriyama, Kazutaka Matsuda, Peter Uhd Jepsen

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    Lacquering is considered one of the most representative Asian artistic techniques. While the decorative part of lacquerwares is the lacquer itself, their substructures serve as the backbone of the object itself. Very little is known about these hidden substructures. Since lacquerwares are mostly composed of organic materials, such as urushi, wood, carbon black, and fabrics which are very X-ray transparent, standard X-ray radiography has some problems in achieving clear X-ray radiographic images. Therefore, we wanted to contribute to the understanding of the lacquer manufacturing technique by inspecting the substructures of Asian lacquerwares by means of THz time-domain imaging (THz-TDI). Three different kinds of Asian lacquerwares were examined by THz-TDI, and the outcomes have been compared with those obtained by standard X-radiography. THz-TDI provides unique information on lacquerwares substructures, aiding in the comprehension of the manufacturing technology yielding to these precious artefacts.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Infrared, Millimeter and Terahertz Waves
    Issue number4
    Pages (from-to)425–434
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


    • Radiation
    • Instrumentation
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • Cultural heritage
    • Imaging
    • Lacquer
    • Lacquerware
    • Terahertz
    • Time-domain terahertz
    • Carbon
    • Carbon black
    • Imaging techniques
    • Lacquering
    • Lacquers
    • Manufacture
    • X ray radiography
    • Artistic technique
    • Cultural heritages
    • Manufacturing techniques
    • Manufacturing technologies
    • Radiographic images
    • Tera Hertz
    • Time-domain imaging
    • Time domain analysis


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