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Patola, Sari, with 'pan bhat' (pipal leaf) pattern. Double ikat made of silk.
- Found/Acquired: Gujarat (?)
- Length: 372 centimetres
- Width: 116 centimetres
7 May 1996
Investigate surface. Clean. Attempt to achieve matching colours. Req 61794
No.1: Previously cleaned (for `Gold of Eldorado',1978? - no records) More `yellow golden' than No.2. No mud, but some black deposits in crevices and many black-spot like efflorescences. Tarnished, greasy, dull. No.2: Thick covering of tenacious, very fine mud, some green copper corrosion deposits beneath. Silvery gold colour in crevices but all high spots worn to show coppery alloy. Part of suspension ring missing. Small breaks at the edge. A small piece of `filigree' missing from one of the sets of three decorative coils on the top edge. Each has a paper label with reg.no and provenence glued to one side with acetone soluble glue.
Req 61794 April 1996 Labels and glue removed in acetone. Manual removal of soil and corroosion deposits from No.2 using a scalpel. Both cleaned in Detarol (n-hydroxylethyl ethylenediaminetriacetic acid,trisodium salt), 10% in distilled water. Washed in running tap water. Copper corrosion resides removed with swabs of formic acid, 30%. Both steam-cleaned with distilled water.
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Object reference number: EAS20196
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