Limestone statue of a seated female sphinx which may have been placed (along with 1604) at the entrance to the tomb of a Greek inhabitant of Egypt.
- Found/Acquired: Egypt
- Height: 101.5 centimetres (approx.)
25 April 1995
Reason for treatment
Clean, improve make-up. A
The surface of the object is extremely dirty from open display. Areas appear to have been waxed, particularly the wings and sides of the piece. There are unpleasant areas of make-up (nose, edges of base).
Cleaned with poultices of Laponite RD with distilled water left on the surface for fifteen minutes. Where there were deposits of paint on the surface these were removed with Nitromors water soluble (methylene chloride,sodium hydroxide,cellulose) removed with Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone). Areas of make-up were removed manually and where necessary replaced with fills of 20% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in acetone/Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) with Microballoons (silica or phenolic resin). Areas were retouched with Rowney's Cryla colours (acrylic).
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
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Object reference number: YCA69218
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