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  • Description

    Campanian red figured pottery skyphos depicting two youthful male figures, beardless and clad in a mantle, one on each side.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 330BC-320BC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 11.5 centimetres
    • Diameter: 11.25 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Msc 1283 bibliographic details
    • Old Catalogue 1507 bibliographic details
    • LCS 4/587 bibliographic details
    • CVA British Museum 4 III Ic pl. 31, 5 bibliographic details
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    22 May 2002

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Dismantle piece and restick.


    Dirty surface. Old adhesive in join, which sounds unstable. Also misaligned.

    Treatment details

    Cleaned with 50/50 distilled water and Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol), using soft brush. Dried with Kleenex tissue. Dismantled in a vacuum of Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) as unclear what the old glue is. Didnt take join apart. Placced swabs of cotton wool of distilled water over break and join collapsed. Cleaned along breaks. Left to dry. Rebonded join with HMG heatproof and waterproof adhesive (cellulose nitrate). Excess removed with Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) swab.

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  • Acquisition notes

    Found in the museum, marked Hn Rm, indicating that it was once exhibited in the Hamilton Room and was probably part of the Hamilton Collection.

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

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