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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA64477

  • Description

    Bronze figure of Osiris wearing the white crown and holding the crook and flail; the collar is inlaid with silver and niello(?).

  • Culture/period

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 15.7 centimetres
  • Condition

    good

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    2 July 2002

    Treatment proposal

    . . Remove wax from tang prior to remounting. Check corrsion on the tang for bronze disease.

    Condition

    1977 intervention. No requistion details. Spots of active bronze disease on legs 78977 2002 intervention . White wax on tang used to secure statuette to oak base. Corrosion had occured as a result.Object has a stripped and pitted surface camoulflaged with a modern repatination. The original polychromy is hidden.There is a bad scratch on the heel possibly from a clumsy base removal.

    Treatment details

    1977 intervention:Active pits excavated with needle /scalpel.Stabilised with 3% Benzotriazole. Treated with silver oxide paste. Lacquered with Ercalene. PRW September 1977. 2002 intervention : Wax removed as far as possible manually using scalpel, degreased with Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol, methanol) .Tang only mechanically cleaned with air-abrasive using Aluminium oxide, No1 powder. to remove bronze disease. Object examined under magnification and further black bronze inlay identified in the area of the beard.The original collar inlay had been analysed ten years previously. Object Taken to Paul Craddock in the DSR who confirmed it by XRF. Black patination came off with acetone on swabs, some of the modern recolouration was therefore removed in order to render the original colour values more visible. Technical information record prepared and passed to AE&S and DSR.

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  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1946

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA64477

  • Registration number

    1946,1204.1

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