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  • Description

    Draughtsman; ivory; two incised concentric circles at edge.

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  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 5.3 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Dalton 1909 159 bibliographic details
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  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    22 July 2008

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    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. Strong orange coloration in UV in some areas. Specks of yellow resin on surface.Old fill present in some areas.

    Treatment details

    Cleaned with distilled water and cotton wool buds. Toned in fills and chipped area with Liquitex acrylic paints applied with paint brush.

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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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