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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Axe-shaped diadem made of gold. A large face motif appears in the centre with three smaller ones at the end of the arms.

  • Date

    • 1st century
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 23 centimetres
    • Width: 25 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • McEwan 2000 Fig. 1.5 (Line drawing) bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G1/fc20

  • Exhibition history

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

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

    Treatment date

    10 April 1996

    Reason for treatment

    Temporary Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Clean. Straighten creased areas. Re-inforce. Req 61805


    Extremely dirty. Tarnish patches. Areas of calcareous/silicaceous deposits. Very thin, floppy. Badly creased as if folded at sime time. Faint, shallow repoussé design. Four deliberately pierced ancient (by appearance) holes around face. Some tearing around junctions of creases. Tips of horns missing.

    Treatment details

    Req 61805 Apr 1996 Cleaned in Detarol (n-hydroxylethyl ethylenediaminetriacetic acid,trisodium salt), 10% in distilled water. Brushed with Hotel silver dip (acidified thiourea). Washed in running tap water. Swabs of 30% formic acid used to remove some of the calcareous deposits. Torn creases backed with HMG heatproof and waterproof adhesive (cellulose nitrate) and fibre glass tissue.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • Am1878C2.7819 (old CDMS no.)
COMPASS Title: Gold diadem;Gold diadem

COMPASS Title: Gold diadem;Gold diadem

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