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magic bowl

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  • Description

    Magic bowl. Inscription. Made of beaten brass.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 15thC (circa)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

  • Location


  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    1 April 2004

    Treatment proposal

    Investigate corrosion products and remove


    Dull matt appearance, with dark partches occuring at irregular intervals over the inner surface. Unknown white deposit in the grooves of the inscriptions. One small area of green corrosion on the rim of the bowl.

    Treatment details

    Swabbed over with White Spirit (composition variable - petroleum distillate.) White deposit and dark spots remained after cleaning.Green corrosion cleaned away mechanically with a scalpel.

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  • Department

    Middle East

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Magic bowl. Inscription. Made of beaten brass.



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