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  • Description

    Wooden naked male figure on a rectangular plinth; wig and eyes painted black; left foot damaged.

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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 30 centimetres
    • Width: 7.83 centimetres (plinth)
    • Depth: 16.5 centimetres (plinth)
  • Condition

    fair - one foot damaged

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    22 March 1980

    Treatment proposal

    Clean. Consolidate ankles.


    The figure is dirty and the paint to the surface is fugitive. The base and feet are dirty. The paint is flaking. There are splinters of wood where the feet have broken away.

    Treatment details

    The surface of the figure was cleaned with a dry brush. The paint was consolidated with 2.5% Elvacite 2013 in xylene, the flaking edges were treated with PVA Vinamul 6525. The splinters were repaired and re-attached with Araldite rapid epoxy resin adhesive.

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    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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