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    Figure. Made of gilded bronze. Sarasvatī holding book, rosary and instrument. Wearing crown.

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    • 18thC-19thC
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    • Height: 24.7 centimetres
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    Treatment date

    2 February 1993

    Treatment proposal

    Clean to improve appearance. Secure loose attributes. .


    Surface dirty and dull. Attributes loose.

    Treatment details

    Surface cleaned with swabs of 15% formic acid, followed by swabs of 5% Diethylenetriaminepenta acetic acid pentasodium salt, TritonX100, in distilled water. The surface was then rinsed with swabs of distilled water and then air dried. The loose attributes were secured with HMG (cellulose nitrate) adhesive.

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