Thursday 20 July 2017

Italian teams restore damaged busts from ancient Syrian city

Restorer Daria Montemagni shows a computer-rendered, 3D print-generated replica of a missing part of a limestone female bust (Domenico Stinellis/AP)
Restorer Daria Montemagni shows a computer-rendered, 3D print-generated replica of a missing part of a limestone female bust (Domenico Stinellis/AP)

Italian art conservationists have restored two funerary busts from the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra that were badly damaged by members of Islamic State.

Restorers in Rome used a 3D printer to generate replicas of the missing parts of the busts, which date from the second or third centuries AD.

They attached the replacement parts with magnets.

After Palmyra fell to IS militants in 2015, extremists destroyed ancient temples for which the Unesco heritage site is famous.

Restorer Daria Montemaggiori said she was "filled with anguish" when she saw the damaged busts and was "happy to collaborate in cancelling out this massacre".

The restored busts are to be returned to a museum in Damascus at the end of the month.

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