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  • Description

    Face from a black granite statue of a king; front of the nemes and uraeus visible.

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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 27 centimetres (max)
    • Width: 26 centimetres (max)
    • Depth: 18 centimetres (max)
  • Curator's comments

    See PM viii, p. 99. Published: Wiese, Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig Die Agyptische Abteilung (2001): No.48

  • Exhibition history


    2001-2010, Basel, Switzerland, Antikenmuseum. Long term loan.

  • Condition

    fair (incomplete)

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    30 January 2001

    Treatment proposal

    Clean, consolidate pigment where necessary. remove plaster pad and dowel and provide new pad with a steel pig to afix the head in the display case.


    The head is stable, the pigment over the crown appears stable .There is a small plaster pad under the head with a square metal dowel protruding from it - about 1/2 inch across.

    Treatment details

    The pad and dowel, which was set in plaster in the dowel hole, were removed using deionised water.The head was placed upside down in vermiculite and a new 50/50. A separation layer of 20% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone)/Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) at 50/50 was applied prior to this. When the pad as complete a 1cm stainless steel peg was implanted into the resin and secured with General polyester resin. The head was cleaned with saliva and cotton wool swabs. A card plate was adhered to the underside of the resin pad with paraloid (HMG). The pad was painted with Rowney's Cryla colours (acrylic), toned with the head.

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  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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  • Additional IDs

    • BS.487 (Birch Slip Number)
Face from a black granite statue of a king; front of the nemes and uraeus visible.



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