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  • Description

    Mask made of plaster and size, in form of moustached and bearded face with fangs; with coronet and five skulls (one missing).

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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 21.2 centimetres
    • Width: 21 centimetres
    • Depth: 10.3 centimetres
    • Weight: 619 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    B&M Register; Temporary Register,1861-1921,p.73. From Asia Floor Record Card "Tibet".

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    21 January 2010

    Treatment proposal

    Light clean; remove and reset badly glued piece at top right.


    Surface dirt. Broken top right piece was previouly glued badly. Pigment layer were uplifted at some areas.

    Treatment details

    Lightly surface cleaned with brush/vacuum and chemical sponge. Pigment layer was consolidated and secured with 'media for consolidatoin'.

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