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  • Description

    Wooden figure of a king kneeling in offering; tang beneath; arms lost.

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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 24 centimetres
    • Width: 5.53 centimetres (max)
    • Depth: 7.05 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    PM III (2): 822

  • Condition

    incomplete - arms lost

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    1 November 1981

    Treatment proposal

    Improve old repair and steengthen longitudinal crack.


    Dirty. Slightly untidy old repair on left hand side of face. Split in need of strengthening on front of left foot. Slightly dull over whole surface.

    Treatment details

    Cleaned with a light brush. Surplus adhesive removed with acetone and a glass brush and a scalpel. Devcon 5 minute Epoxy resin introduced into split and heated with a hot air blower to make adhesive flow further into repair. Gently buffed with a clock brush to restore slight sheen.

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    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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