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Wooden naked female figure wearing a short wig holding a cat to her chest. The tang of a broken-off mirror is still inserted at the top.
- Found/Acquired: Egypt
- Height: 15.2 centimetres (max)
- Width: 4.32 centimetres
- Depth: 4.08 centimetres
poor - chipped and cracked
15 December 2005
Reason for treatment
Check wood and secure any splinters or loose areas.Provide storage.
Poor, very fragile. Surface of wood and mud (?) infills are fragile and crumbling. A few pieces of wood are loose and a small piece of mud has become detached.
A mud piece and a small piece of wood from the back of neck, which were both crumbling, were consolidated using 1% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in 50/50 Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol)/ Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone). The surface to which they were to be adhered was also consolidated. This was applied using a small brush, allowing half an hour between each application for the consolidant to dry, after which the surface was less friable and there had been no noticeable colour change.The loose piece of wood was then adhered in position at the back of the neck using HMG heatproof and waterproof adhesive (cellulose nitrate), inserted using a tiny Melinex (polyester) strip cut to size. The mud particle fitted into the hole above this and so was repositioned and adhered using HMG. A loose piece of wood on the proper left thigh was also readhered using HMG.A piece of wood which had some movement was secured using a filler made from 10% Klucel G (hydroxypropyl cellulose) in IMS, mixed with Microballoons (silica or phenolic resin) and tinted with raw umber pigment. A very small amount was pushed into a gap at the side of the loose piece using metal and wooden picks, so that the piece was wedged in position and no longer able to move.A supportive storage mount was made from a Correx (polypropylene/polyethylene copolymer,coorugated sheet) base, adhered using 3M double sided tape to Plastazote (polyethylene), with a recess cut out for the object. This was cut so that the foot which is stepping forward was supported and therefore the figure would lie straight on her back and not tip to one side. The mount was placed in a perspex storage box and instructions for lifting out the object using the Tyvek (spun bonded polyoleofin) 'sling' beneath were put on the lid. The Tyvek was folded at either side of the object so that it can be seen through the lid.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
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Object reference number: YCA53874
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