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  • Description

    Wooden male figure shown wearing a short painted black wig and a gilded collar and kilt; hole in the forehead for the uraeus(now lost).

  • Culture/period

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 18.2 centimetres
    • Width: 4.69 centimetres
    • Depth: 2.98 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    See PM viii, p. 78.

  • Condition


  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    12 May 1988

    Treatment proposal

    Clean gold, possibly chemically (to be discussed). Check paint layer and relay as necessary. M.McCord.


    Dirt and corrosion overlaying gilding. Evidence of previous cleaning - no records. The gilding though thin is well bonded to the substrate.

    Treatment details

    The thick areas of corrosion were removed with a scalpel. Impervious to IMS on small cotton wool swabs. Stubborn areas cleaned by applying 30% v/v Formic acid on the frayed end of a cocktail stick.

    On the proper right side of the figure above the kilt can be seen an area where the gilding has been overpainted with red paint. On the back proper right side of the figure above the kilt there is an area of bare wood, a fragment of ground/gesso and the remains of textile.

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  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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  • Additional IDs

    • BS.2335 (Birch Slip Number)

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