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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1867,0508.115

  • Description

    Parian marble head of Asklepios, cut from a larger-than-life statue; there are drill holes and lead pegs for the attachment of a metal wreath, now missing.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 325BC-300BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 0.6 metres (about)
  • Bibliography

    • Sculpture 550 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G22/Wall

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    1 July 1995

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Clean the head. Investigate the hollow flake on the cheek. Improve the filling in the hair. Join the sections together. Remove th copper dowel. Prepare for wall mounting - consult Dick Ryan.

    Condition

    The head has a number of old fixings in the marble. The head has an overall dirt layer. There is a hollow flake on the cheek that may need consolidating.

    Treatment details

    The old fixings were removed from the bust. The head was steam cleaned. The flake on the cheek of the head was back filled with paraloid B72 in acetone/IMS 20% with micro-balloons, this gave the necessary support for the flake

    About these records 

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1867

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1867,0508.115

Parian marble head of Asklepios, cut from a larger-than-life statue; there are drill holes for the attachment of a metal wreath, now missing.

Parian marble head of Asklepios, cut from a larger-than-life statue; there are drill holes for the attachment of a metal wreath, now missing.

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