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lebes gamikos

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Red figured pottery lebes gamikos with lid, Basilicata style.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 400BC-300BC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 10.3 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Msc 2600** bibliographic details
  • Location


  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    27 May 2002

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Remove salts inside.


    Dusty surface. Loss of surface on exterior, and some places look a little vulnerable, esp. on the inside of the lid. The inside is lined with salt crystals.

    Treatment details

    The whole surface was gently cleaned with a soft brush. The inside was cleaned removing the salts under the microscope. The inside of the lid was consolidated with Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in 50/50 Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone)/Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) in 5% solution applied with a small soft sable brush.

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  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Collection number 278. Excavated 1809.

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number


Red figured pottery lebes gamikos with lid, Basilicata style.



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