Fragment of wall painting: green long-tailed bird to left, pecking at two yellow cherries; behind are two more cherries; white ground.
- Excavated/Findspot: Pompeii (said to be from)
- (Europe,Italy,Campania,Naples (province),Pompeii)
- Height: 11.5 centimetres
- Length: 24 centimetres
Not on display
3 October 2012
Reason for treatment
Remove object from frame. Light clean. Consolidate where necessary.
A fresco painted on wall plaster, presented in a wooden box frame. The fresco appears stable but dusty. There are a few areas where the paint is lifting. A muslin net is craddling the fragment but is detaching from the sides.
The surface was examined under magnification, then carefully dusted with a low suction vaccuum cleaner. The lifting flakes where relaid with a solution of 10% Primal B60A (acrylic) in de-ionised water over Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) used as a wetting agent. The muslin netting was removed mechanically from the sides where it had become detached but left stuck to the underside as it was still firmly attached there. The gaps in sides of the wall plaster were filled with Microballoons (silica or phenolic resin) in 20% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone)/Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) and then retouched with Rowney's Cryla colours (acrylic).
Greek & Roman Antiquities
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Object reference number: GAA43069
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