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  • Description

    Figure. Made of bronze. Kubera seated in lalitasana on single lotus holding fruit and mongoose.

  • Date

    • 17thC (?)
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    • Height: 8.1 centimetres
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    12 January 1993

    Treatment proposal

    Clean to improve appearance, brightening gold layer. .


    Surface covered in a layer of dirt. Gold layer dull. Areas of gilding are now missing.

    Treatment details

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

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