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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA60125

  • Description

    Head from a green glazed composition figure of Ptah with blue eyes; much of the surface has worn away.

  • Culture/period

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 6.04 centimetres
    • Width: 4.33 centimetres
    • Depth: 5.9 centimetres
  • Condition

    worn fragment

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    10 March 2000

    Treatment proposal

    Examine. Consolidate.

    Condition

    Surface very badly deteriorated. Top of head has previous fill and overpaint, which is pulling the original surface off.

    Treatment details

    Since the prior fill and paint is pulling the surface off of the head, it was decided to consolidate the fill to avoid losing any more of the original surface at this time. Other areas of granular flaking were consolidated, also. The consolidant, 10% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in acetone and Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) 1:1 was run into place with a small natural bristle brush. Any lifted areas which were still loose were later consolidated with 20% B-72 applied in the same manner.

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  • Associated names

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA60125

  • Registration number

    OC.247

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