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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Am1898,-.314

  • Description

    Bird figure made of gold.

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    1996, London, Museum of Mankind (Room 1), 'Gilded Image'

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    1 April 1996

    Reason for treatment

    Temporary Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Clean Req 61887

    Condition

    Dirty, dull. Some reddish tarnish. Mud in crevices.

    Treatment details

    Req 61887 April 1996 Cleaned with cotton wool swabs of Detarol (n-hydroxylethyl ethylenediaminetriacetic acid,trisodium salt), 10% in distilled water. Washed in running tap water. Dried paper tissues.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1898

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Am1898,-.314

  • Additional IDs

    • Am1898C3.314 (old CDMS no.)

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