Tag Archives: RAMM

Corinthian helmet

The hidden stars of RAMM’s collection

There are always objects in a museum’s collection that stand out to visitors – maybe because they are especially shiny, or unusually small or big, or because they are associated with a famous place or person. One of the most popular items in RAMM’s Greek collection is this Corinthian helmet, a type of armour worn by […]

Cypriot charioteer ad horses figure

Collecting ancient Cyprus

One of the many things I discovered during my time at the British Museum (see my earlier post) was the wider significance of objects in our collections here at RAMM. Among our collection are objects from a temple site at Idalion (Idalium), which was excavated by Sir Robert Hamilton Lang in the late 19th century. […]

The British Museum

RAMM visits the British Museum

Last week I spent a week working behind the scenes at the British Museum. Each year they host five individual museum staff as part of their Knowledge Exchange scheme, and this year I was lucky to be chosen as one of the participants. I chose to spend my time in the Department of Greece and […]

Conserved Glass Beaker

Conservation of a Roman glass beaker

Object Name: Glasss beaker Provenance: Roman period, found in Cyprus Dimensions: Height: 95mm Width: 78mm  Description: Glass beaker broken into 8 pieces, with 99% surface weathering (pale beige). Inside the base piece there are loose dark grey dust deposits and a small amount of salt deposits. The surface has localised areas of irridescence.  Treatment: The […]

Conserved figure of a horse

Conservation of a toy horse figure

Object Name: Figure of a horse, ancient Cypriot Dimensions:  Body: Height: 38mm Length: 55mm Width: 24mm                                 Head: Height: 36mm Length: 33mm Description:  Ceramic model of a horse,  possibly a toy.  Pale soft surface, previously repaired and misaligned, head has become detached, staining on one of the ears. One of the saddle ‘foot holders’ had been previously re-adhered, […]

Conserved cup

Conservation of a Greek cantharos

Object Name: Drinking cup (cantharos) Dimensions: Height: 123 mm Width: 188 mm  Description:  Ceramic black slip ware drinking cup broken into five pieces. Both handles broken and previously repaired. One of the handles is approximately 90% replicated from plaster.  Treatment:  The cup was surface cleaned using smoke sponge (vulcanized rubber), the break edges were cleaned with acetone cotton […]

Ceramic vessel after conservation

Conservation of a Greek pottery vessel

Object name: Greek ceramic vessel Dimensions: 1) 66.5 mm x 45.0 mm, 2) 73.0 mm x 66.8 mm, 23.0 mm x 23.0 mm, 4) 23.0 mm x 20.0 mm, 5) 11.0 mm x 19.0 mm, 6) 27.0 mm x 18.0 mm, 7) 33 mm x 41 mm Age: Unknown Description: The vessel is small, rounded, […]

After Conservation showing supporting fill

Conservation of a glass bottle

Object name: Unguent (perfume) bottle Dimensions: Three separate pieces – 1) 52 mm x 17 mm, 2) 17 mm x 18 mm, and 3) 67 mm x 30 mm Age: Roman period, found in Cyprus Description: This glass perfume bottle has a long neck and was separated into three pieces, with part of the base […]

Horseman after conservation

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 […]

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 […]