- Courier notes for Ancient Art from The British Museum. AES loan 99/2.
Venue 1, Toledo, USA. Nic Lee, 5 Apr 2001. Numerous small wooden splinters found in tray were collected in sample bag and stored with condition report.
Venue 2, Memphis, USA, Nic Lee, July 2001. As above, also snagged Tyvek (spun bonded polyoleofin) fibres were removed from the artefact's proper right shoulder.
Venue 3, New York, USA, Nic Lee, Dec 2001. Two detached splinters were removed from the tray.
Venue 9, Ontario, Canada, Nic Lee, Mar 2003. Some detached fragments in the tray could not be relocated. Three semi-detached fragments were secured with 15% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone), by syringe.
Venue 10, Victoria, Canada, K Birkholzer, July 2004. Wood fragments were discovered in tray. A loose piece of wood on front/top of base was reattached with 30% Paraloid B72 in acetone/ethanol, applied with a brush.
Conservation carried out by Anna Harrison, OIII, BM, Jan- Feb 2006.
Figure was x-rayed by Janet Ambers and Anna Harrison (Report no. ) in order to find out what could be observed about its structure.
The entire surface of the figure was checked by gently applying finger pressure to determine which areas of textile and bitumen (?) were lifting away from the surface of the wood and were therefore vulnerable to loss.
10% Klucel G (hydroxypropyl cellulose) in Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) was used to readhere lifting pieces of textile and bitumen in places where a Melinex (polyester) spatula could be used to insert adhesive.
In other areas where there was little access to enable insertion of Klucel G, White Spirit (composition variable - petroleum distillate) was first applied with a brush. Small blobs of 6% Vinamul 3252 (vinyl acetate,ethylene copolymer) in water was then applied to the cracks in the surface or to the edges of the lifting bitumen. This wicked into the cracks and any excess was quickly removed with a tissue. Once enough adhesive had been applied, using this technique, the lifting flakes were secured in position using straws and small pieces of Plastazote to apply pressure for several hours. Some areas which showed some movement when pressed were not readhered, as they were in places which were not considered to be vulnerable to handling or that would cause further problems if readhered. This included a large area down the proper left back of the figure, which had come away from the wooden substrate to the extent that readhesion of one area would put too much pressure on the surrounding areas.
An area in which a flake had lifted and was felt to be vulnerable to catching was filled with Microballoons (silica or phenolic resin) in Klucel G and IMS, tinted with pigments.
A large loose area in the base at the end near the feet was readhered by injecting HMG heatproof and waterproof adhesive (cellulose nitrate) (20ml HMG and 10-15ml acetone inside syringe), into the cracks, which secured this section very effectively.