As a graduate intern in textile conservation, Heather Hodge is examining an early 20th century royal African robe made by the Yoruba people of Nigeria. Today she is analyzing the beadwork using a handheld x-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer which is a non-invasive and non-destructive technique. XRF spectroscopy is used to identify which atomic elements are present, such as lead, cobalt, or iron. This data helps to identify the various materials in the robe, which provides information on dating, provenance, and trade.
Look for the robe on display in the Eiteljorg Suite of African Art in early August. #DiscoverNewfields
Yoruba people, Nigeria, King's ceremonial robe, 1925-1950, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Crane Fund. 2006.116.