Monthly Archives: September 2012

Five ceramic chickens

Repackaging small objects

Object Name: 3 ceramic pot sherds, 5 ceramic bird figurines. Date: Classical Greek Repackaging aim:  Creating new housing that provides a secure environment and is ideal for handling purposes. Method: The shape of each object was cut out of an archival foam called Plastazote® to keep the objects in place. The Plastazote® was fitted into […]

Ceramic musician from Idalium

A lady musician

An update from Linda: Following from my last post, I promised to tell you more about the fascinating objects we found in the store. Far and away my favourite object so far is this beautiful artefact. Who is she? Just 15cm tall she is very lovely with a smart, complex hairstyle topped with a tall head-dress. […]

Conserved glass flask/bottle

Conservation of a Roman glass flask

Object Name: Glass flask/bottle Dimensions: 20 shards Age: Roman Period Glass. Collector living in Cyprus between 1879-1907 Description:  Glass vessel originally in 20 pieces. Once re-assembled it has a round bell-like bottom with a long neck. Object has localised area of iridescence and insoluble salt deposits. Larger shards have running cracks from when it was broken. Treatment:  The glass […]

Striking gold with stone!

From Linda: Today we (metaphorically) struck gold discovering several very interesting objects! A mystery… First of all, a mysterious artefact – I had no idea what it was! My first reaction was ‘how dull’, but the more I looked at it the more fascinated I became. It is the shape of a can, approximately 7 […]

Conserved ceramic bowl

Conservation of a pottery bowl from Cyprus

This Cypriot pottery bowl was the first object I treated with the funding from the A.G Leventis Foundation. Object Name: Ceramic Bowl Dimensions:  Width: 87mm Length: 105 mm Depth: 39mm Age: Bronze Age, 2000BC Description:  Round bottom shallow bowl, with an upstanding single loop handle from the rim. The ceramic bowl came into the lab in 11 pieces, […]

Greek ceramic head

How do you label an object?

An update from Linda, project volunteer: Hurray! I’ve been taking my own photos today, with great support from the ever-patient Helen. The camera itself is daunting, complicated and fragile. However, having set up the table with clean thick white paper as a background, angled the lights, and put the camera to the correct settings we […]

Cypriot geometric ware pottery dish

Museums and digital photography

The development of digital photography has been a revolution for museums as it allows us to quickly and easily record what is in the collection. Gone are the days of choosing a small selection of objects to photograph, dictated by the restrictions of using a film with only 24 or 36 images, finding the funds […]