Any conservation information the project has gathered for the object.

Object Properties



Possibly electrolytic reduction treatment : 2
1970s: The object went through a series of cleanings, a repair to the flowers, and the removal of adhesives for the traveling exhibit. : 1
11/10/78 sent to conservation for Restoration or Treatment. Card with object.: 1
1930s: Woolley reconstructed the object in the field, using waxed muslin with heat. He pushed the body into shape with the fragments of fleece adhering to an inner coating of wax. Tools were inserted into the gold of the legs in order to press them out and then copper wires and a heated mixture of wax and bitumen were added to form the body. : 1
1940s: Legrain sent the object out for repairs in order to place it on display. During this time the body was filled with a plastic wood substance and secured to the wires of the legs. UPM conservator Tamsen Fuller noticed significant differences between this object and the previous version based on photographs. Most notably, it seems that a number of pieces of the shell fleece had been removed and discarded, giving the object a more noticeable hunch.: 1
1982-: Another round of cleaning occurred, with the removal of some wax. X-rays were also taken of the object at this point in time. : 1
1997-8: A massive conservation project was undertaken to stabilize the statue and prepare it for travel and exhibition, as well as to investigate the accuracy of the first reconstruction and make any changes that might be necessary. The 1997-98 conservation project also revealed new information about Woolley’s original reconstruction. The most dramatic change was the discovery of joints in the branches of the tree. These joints, when stretched made the tree taller, and the legs came to rest on the branches, much like they did in the original field photograph. The copper wire that Woolley used was replaced with teflon encased stainless steel. The plastic wood body was replaced with polyethylene foam coated in a glass microballoonlacrylic resin mixture to support and adhere the shell and Lapis fleeces. Lastly, the decision was made to leave the hunch of the object that was produced by the 1940s reconstruction. Theobject went through a CT scan and was photographed under UV lights before this project was started. : 1
2007. University Museum Near East Section Ur Metals : 1
2007. University Museum Near East Section Ur Metals Conservation Treatment Project. IMLS Grant.: 608
2015: Conservation by Ur Digitization Project. IR photos, pXRF: 1
BTA Treated and Incralacoloated 3/19/07: 1
Coating of material placed to preserve pin. : 1
Curator's comments The register and record card describe this as part of a crushed human skull and remains of a head-dress, but radiography conducted by Janet Ambers (Scientific Research) in 2002 showed there to be no human remains associated with the jewellery.: 1
Electrolytic Treatment: 1
impregnated with resin for stabilization: 1
Naomi Miller analyzed charred wood from inside the stave, and suggests the identification is Acer monspessulanum, or Maple from Iraq. : 1
Naomi Miller analyzed the wood pseudomorphs and suggests the species as Fraxinus syriaca Boiss or Syrian Ash. This is a common wood in the lower forest zone of Iraq. : 1
Possibly electrolytic reduction treatment : 19
Possibly electrolytic reduction treatment: 116
Possibly electrolytic reduction treatment(?): 1
Possibly electrolytic reduction treatment-Goldish in color: 1
Reconstructed by Leon Legrain in the 1920s-1930s. : 1
Two reconstructions, tip and haft in a grayish material.: 1
Yes: 1