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A laser passing over the surface of an object produces a digital scan made of millions of measurements points. These data can be manipulated in a variety of ways to reveal new information and advance research. Image courtesy Smithsonian’s Digitalization Program Office
Lotus and Ducks (detail) 荷花雙鳧圖 (軸), (ca. 1696); Bada Shanren (Zhu Da) 八大山人 (朱耷), (Chinese, 1626-1705) Qing dynasty; Hanging scroll; ink on paper; Bequest from the collection of Wang Fangyu and Sum Wai, donated in their memory by Mr. Shao F. Wang, F1998.45
Detail, Karamono tea caddy, bunrin type; Tea caddy (karamono taikai chaire); Southern Song to Ming dynasty, 13th-15th century; Stoneware with iron and ash glazes; ivory lid; Freer Gallery of Art, F1897.42a-b
Detail, Silk Weaving, after Lou Shou 摹樓璹〈蠶織圖; Handscroll; Attributed to Cheng Qi (傳)程棨 (active mid- to late 13th century), Formerly attributed to Liu Songnian (傳)劉松年 (ca. 1150-after 1225); China; Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment; Freer Gallery of Art F1954.20