The Lewis Chessmen
- The Lewis Chessmen
Chess-piece; walrus ivory; knight on horseback; conical helmet; spear and kite shield decorated with incised lozenge.
- 1150-1175 (circa)
- Found/Acquired: Uig
- (Europe,United Kingdom,Scotland,Western Isles,Lewis,Uig)
- Height: 8.5 centimetres
19 March 2008
Clean, remove excess resins. Investigate any surface shine and remove if caused by modern resin if possible. Consolidate and fill as necessary for stability. Be aware of possible pigment on surfaces. -This was a group requisition.
Light surface dirt. Cracks, no movement along these. Fragile area beneath horse's head. Some old loss of surface.
1972 treatment: Clean with distilled water, curd soap, IMS.Consolidated with 10% Paraloid B72 in acetone under vacuum. Joins made with HMG.UV examination: purple glow in some areas, orange fluorescence on break edges - possibly connected with old adhesives.X-rayed to give information about join.Excess old adhesive removed with acetone on cotton wool buds.Cleaned surface with cotton wool buds of deionized water.Consolidated loose area under horse's head using 3% Paraloid B72 in xylene applied with pipette dropper. Filled missing area under horse's head to stabilise using Paraloid B72 in 50/50 acetone/IMS and glass microballoons. Toned in with Liquitex acrylic colours and dry pigments.
Prehistory and Europe
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Object reference number: MCM7493
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