X-rays investigations for the characterization of two 17th century brass instruments from Nuremberg

Michela Albano, Giacomo Fiocco, Daniela Comelli, Maurizio Licchelli, Claudio Canevari, Francesca Tasso, Valentina Ricetti, Pacifico Cofrancesco, Marco Malagodi


A recent finding at the Castello Sforzesco in Milan of two brass natural horns from the end of the 17th century and assigned to the Haas family from Nuremberg brought to light new information about this class of objects. The instruments were heavily damaged, but their historical value was great. In this study, a multidisciplinary approach mainly based on non-invasive analytical techniques and including X-rays investigations (X-ray radiography, X-ray fluorescence and X-ray diffraction) was used. The present study was aimed at: i) pointing out the executive techniques for archaeometric purposes; ii) characterizing the morphological and the chemical features of materials; and iii) identifying and mapping the damages of the structure and the alterations of the surface.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21014/acta_imeko.v11i3.1077