Whalebone Kotiate

A Kotiate is a club with distinctive notches on both sides. This Whalebone Kotiate was acquired by the Museum in 1928. It is 19th century, or possibly older.

The Whalebone Kotiate has a smooth white, reflective surface, which tested the limitations of the MVT scanner. It was found that patches of the Kotiate could not be captured by the laser light and camera system. Different lighting patterns, the use of shades and different scanning angles did not solve the problem. This is probably due to the scattering of light when it hits the surface of the object and could possibly be rectified through the use of light polarising filters.

 

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Whalebone Kotiate - Front