- Museum number
Carving, sculpture, of a female werewolf, 'Wolflady', of hardwood, PVA glue, earth pigments, sawdust and bark.
Diameter: 30 centimetres
Height: 168 centimetres
Weight: 11 kilograms
Width: 50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This artwork was an entry in the 2017 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award. The label attached described it as a 'Werewolf Lady', just art, just for fun.
- Not on display
- Conservation assessment pre-acquisition:
The primary conservation issues with this sculpture lie with the fibrous outer bark material which has been applied over the surface of the sculpture to depict the werewolf’s fur. It is assumed that this bark is adhered in place with the PVA in sections over the base carving of hardwood.
It is highly likely that the bark will be prone to the continual shedding of fibres, and over time it is may increase as the bark become drier and more brittle on ageing, and the PVA adhesive potentially fails.
This shedding of the bark must be accepted as inevitable and part of the natural character of the work. Conservation would not routinely attempt to re-attach shed fibres, unless whole sections of bark become detached.
The sculpture will be vulnerable to the accumulation of surface dust and dirt. The highly textured bark surface will tend to absorb and trap dirt, leading to a greying/dulling of the natural red-brown colour over time, and will be difficult to clean safely. It is therefore strongly advised that the sculpture is only displayed within a suitable case, even for short term exhibition. It is also important that the sculpture is protected from surface dust in storage.
IPM measures will need to be applied on arrival at the BM, as the object is unsuitable to be passed on visual inspection following quarantine alone. It is likely that this object is suitable for freezing with the additional of suitable buffering materials, although this recommendation should be confirmed as suitable once the object can be physically assessed.
It is recommended that conservation carry out a further condition assessment of the sculpture on its arrival at the Museum, but from current image it would appear that no significant treatment is required for either storage or display of the artwork.
- Associated titles
Associated Title: An American Werewolf in London (Film title)
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 3902-16 (Buku-Larrngay Mulka Centre Cat No.)