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  • Description

    Figure (Lakṣmī.Viṣṇu). Made of wood.

  • Date

    • 1800 (circa)
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 42 centimetres
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    Treatment date

    16 June 1993

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Clean,tone chips.


    Surface dirty, some chips in the surface.

    Treatment details

    Surface cleaned with Synperonic N (non ionic detergent,nonylphenol ethylene oxide condensate) in distilled water. After cleaning it was found that the chips in the surface had toned down to the natural colour of the wood, and no tinting was required.

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  • Additional IDs

    • T.31
Figure (Lak?mi.Vishnu). Made of wood.


Figure (Lak?mi.Vishnu). Made of wood.

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