Conserving an ancient jug

Object Name: Rounded Jug, Cypriot Red Ware

Dimensions: Height 71 mm x Diameter 68 mm

Description: This is a small rounded Red Ware jug with handle. The handle had become detached from the main body and there was a structural crack that ran from the rim to the base.

Treatment: The aim of this treatment was to stabilise the structural crack and to reattach the handle. First, the surface was dry cleaned with smoke sponge, a vulcanised rubber material that lifts dirt from the surface through gentle mechanical motion. The crack was stabilised using Paraloid B72 dissolved in acetone and applied by syringe through capillary action. Capillary action is a method that applies fluid adhesive into narrow spaces and cracks. The handle was reattached using the same adhesive which was brushed along the broken edges of the detached handle. The handle and crack were held in place using cotton twill tape while the adhesive cured.

Treatment completed by UCL conservation student Stephanie Black.

Lab card showing Jug before treatment

Lab card showing Jug before treatment

Ceramic Jug after conservation



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