Axe-shaped diadem made of gold. A large face motif appears in the centre with three smaller ones at the end of the arms.
- 1st century
- Length: 23 centimetres
- Width: 25 centimetres
On display: G1/fc20
1996, London, Museum of Mankind (Room 1), 'Gilded Image'
10 April 1996
Reason for treatment
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.
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.
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
- Am1878C2.7819 (old CDMS no.)
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