Motif-driven Retrieval of Greek Painted Pottery

Stefan Lengauer, Alexander Komar, Arniel Labrada, Stephan Karl, Elisabeth Trinkl, Reinhold Preiner, Benjamin Bustos, Tobias Schreck

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The analysis of painted pottery is instrumental for understanding ancient Greek society and human behavior of past cultures in Archaeology. A key part of this analysis is the discovery of cross references to establish links and correspondences. However, due to the vast amount of documented images and 3D scans of pottery objects in today's domain repositories, manual search is very time consuming. Computer aided retrieval methods are of increasing importance. Mostly, current retrieval systems for this kind of cultural heritage data only allow to search for pottery of similar vessel's shape. However, in many cases important similarity cues are given by motifs painted on these vessels. We present an interactive retrieval system that makes use of this information to allow for a motif-driven search in cultural heritage repositories. We address the problem of unsupervised motif extraction for preprocessing and the shape-based similarity search for Greek painted pottery. Our experimental evaluation on relevant repository data demonstrates effectiveness of our approach on examples of different motifs of interests.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEurographics Workshop on Graphics and Cultural Heritage
EditorsSelma Rizvic, Karina Rodriguez Echavarria
PublisherEurographics - European Association for Computer Graphics
ISBN (Print)978-3-03868-082-6
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event17th Eurographics Workshop on Graphics and Cultural Heritage: GCH 2019 - Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Duration: 6 Nov 20199 Nov 2019


Conference17th Eurographics Workshop on Graphics and Cultural Heritage
Abbreviated titleGCH 2019
Country/TerritoryBosnia and Herzegovina


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