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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1980,1214.16658

  • Description

    Bronze artefact: oval shape coming to a point at each end, flattened on one side, roughly D shape section.

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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 2.8 centimetres
    • Width: 1 centimetres (maximum)
  • Condition

    covered with incrustation; cleaned in Metals conservation August 2000.

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    16 August 2000

    Treatment proposal

    Clean to find purpose if poss. BTA and lacquer.

    Condition

    Massive, fissured corrosion. Post corrosion break shows only speckling of remaining metal. Surface very poor

    Treatment details

    Cleaned manually using scalpel. No good original surface to clean down to.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1980

  • Acquisition notes

    From the Wellcome-Marston expedition of 1932-1938.

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number

    1980,1214.16658

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