Using handheld X-ray Fluorescence (HHXRF) in the processes for authentication, conservation and restoration of art and artefacts
When acquiring new items, collections or studying existing ones, the museums’ conservation departments use a variety of techniques to analyse and characterise artefacts and object, such as handheld X-ray fluorescence (HHXRF). HHXRF has many benefits in archaeometry, conservation and restoration applications. It is:
Handheld XRF can help identify inks, pigments, ceramics, bronzes and other alloys in seconds, without the need for sampling or preparing the tested piece.
The analysis can indicate the date and/or provenance of an object or piece, for example by identifying specific pigments in a porcelain glaze that would only have been used during a particular time period.
Handheld XRF analysis can also help ascertain if, and which part of, an object has been restored, by checking the elemental composition over the surface of the object, and easily pin-pointing differences.
The X-MET8000 Series is the latest generation of Oxford Instruments handheld XRF analysers. Its compact, ergonomic, and lightweight design, combined with useful features such as its integrated camera, make it a tool of choice for conservators.