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Portal and Agilolfingian Door Handle


  • Archaeological State Collection Munich

Project Content

The extraordinary door handle is found on the portal of the eldest church of the monastery Frauenwörth in the Chiem Lake. Commissioned by the Archaeological State Collection Munich in 2007, we documented the whole Roman portal as well as the door handle with a combination of terrestrial 3D-laser scanning and high resolution structured light scanning. Finally, a precise replica of the door handle was built from the 3D-model, so that the original could be replaced by a bronze copy.

The masterly created human-faced lion head is on the outer side of a small central door in the two-winged portal. The lion head was long thought of as being from the Late Middle Ages. According to latest research by Hermann Dannheimer, related pieces have been created in the name of Charlemagne in Aachen. Supposedly, they were created in the late 8. century - shortly before 800. 

Project Pictures

Terrestrial laser scan of the portal
3D-model (detail of the portal)
Agilofingian door handle (side view)