Conservation of a Cypriot horse and rider

Object Name: Figure of a horse and rider

Dimensions:

Main body: 850 mm x 150 mm

Pieces: Face 30 mm x 15 mm, Mane 20 mm x 15 mm, Tail 22 mm x 10 mm, Legs 40 mm x 19 mm and 40 mm x 32 mm

Age: Cypriot Iron Age, Archaic Ware pottery. Collected by Claude Delaval Codham

Description:  This is a ceramic horseman figure with red decoration. It had become separated into six pieces (a similar figure can be seen in the Ancient Worlds Gallery). There was evidence of an old adhesive repair along the edge where the horse mane used to be.

Treatment: The surface of the horseman was gently cleaned with Smoke Sponge, a vulcanized rubber designed to remove dust and dirt from objects. The old adhesive was removed with solvents and gentle mechanical action so a stronger adhesive could be used in its place. Paraloid B72 dissolved in solvent and mixed with fumed silica were used to reattach each individual piece of the horse figure, while supported by Plastazote®.

Treatment completed by UCL conservation student Stephanie Black.

Lab card showing horseman before conservation

Lab card showing horseman before conservation

Horseman after conservation

Horseman after conservation

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