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ornament

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Am,+.7819

  • Description

    Axe-shaped ornament made of gold.

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Bibliography

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

    G1/fc20i

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

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

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    10 April 1996

    Treatment proposal

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

    Condition

    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

    1878

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Am,+.7819

  • Additional IDs

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

COMPASS Title: Gold diadem;Gold diadem

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