JAIC 1996, Volume 35, Number 1, Article 1 (pp. 01 to 07)
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JAIC 1996, Volume 35, Number 1, Article 1 (pp. 01 to 07)

WAX COATINGS ON ETHNOGRAPHIC METAL OBJECTS: JUSTIFICATIONS FOR ALLOWING A TRADITION TO WANE

DANAL L. MOFFETT



NOTES

1. Interestingly, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis of the coating contradicts Fagg's report of the use of neat's-foot oil; the spectrum suggests a substance similar to gum tragacanth (Hopwood 1984).



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AUTHOR INFORMATION

DANA L. MOFFETT is conservator at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution. In 1988, following internships at the British Museum and the Horniman Museum, she received a B.Sc. (Hons.) in archaeological conservation from the Institute of Archaeology, University College, University of London. She also holds an M.A. in anthropology (1989) with special emphasis on art and aesthetics from the University of Denver. Address: National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560.


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