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  • Description

    Eight pieces of a very large, perforated, pottery sink drain; pieces are partially repaired from smaller fragments.

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  • Condition

    Incomplete; in 8 pieces; pieces are partially repaired from smaller fragments.

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    5 October 2004

    Treatment proposal

    Check previous joins. Stick. Fill for structural support. Paint.


    Surface dust. Object fragmentary, several small fragments not belonging. Floating fragments. Previous restoration apparent: plaster blobs, shellac layers etc.

    Treatment details

    Decided after consulting curator not to treat object as assembling it would involve huge fills and considerable conservation time, object would need much more storage space and would be more vulnerable.

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    Middle East

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