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Clay model before and after restoration Clay model before restoration

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum Trust

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum
Mumbai, India

Most of the museum objects were in an extremely neglected and damaged condition. They had fungus and were damaged from poor handling and incorrect conservation work. Approximately four thousand objects have been conserved to date by INTACH’s expert conservators. Each object is assessed for damage. It is photographed before, during and after the process. It is measured and weighed and a comprehensive report is prepared. The extensive range of fragile terracota models was found covered with dirt, dust, fungus and other accretions. The fungus attack had caused general staining and discolouration of the models; many were also broken,with their metal-wire armatures exposed to humidity and corroded as a result. After the written and photographic documentation was completed, the material and colours used in the models were tested and ascertained. The superficial layer of dust and fungus was dry-brushed and removed. An attempt was then made to eliminate the stainsusing a mixture of solvents, and a sharp surgical knife was employed to scrape off all hardened and stubborn accretions. Broken parts were reattached and paint losses integrated using pigments especially created for restoration.

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  • Title: Clay model before and after restoration Clay model before restoration
  • Creator: Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum Trust
  • Date: 2003/2008

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