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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1992,1214.37

  • Description

    Figure. Made of gilded bronze. Dakini standing in alidha holding drum, skull cup and chopper. Set with rubies.

  • Date

    • 15thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 10 centimetres
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    12 January 1993

    Treatment proposal

    Clean to improve appearance. .

    Condition

    Surface dirty and dull. Evidence of chemical stripping in the past. Large areas of gilding are now missing. No rubies are missing.

    Treatment details

    Surface cleaned with swabs of 5% Diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid pentasodium salt, TritonX100, in distilled water. Rinsed with swabs of distilled water. Left to air dry.

    About these records 

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1992

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1992,1214.37

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