THE ANCIENT EGYPTIAN COLLECTION AT THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON. PART 2, A REVIEW OF FORMER TREATMENTS AT THE MFA AND THEIR CONSEQUENCES
SUSANNE GÄNSICKE, PAMELA HATCHFIELD, ABIGAIL HYKIN, MARIE SVOBODA, & C. MEI-AN TSU
3 PAST TREATMENTS AND INFLUENCES ON CURRENT CONDITIONS
When an object is examined today to assess its condition and develop a treatment, often there is evidence of former stabilization(s) or compensation(s). Treatments frequently must address aged, unstable adhesives, incomplete or unsuitable consolidation, or
Restored colossal statue of Menkaure (Mycerinus) (fig. 1), with H. Perry Tunick Hatchfield for scale, MFA Old Kingdom Gallery. 235 × 86.5 cm. Courtesy of Yosi Pozeilov, 2002
decomposing fill materials. As records of the previous treatments may be sketchy or even altogether lacking, analysis and identification of all previously used materials and methods may be required. In preparing this article, we have conducted an extensive survey of all existing hard copies of conservation reports as well as excavation diaries and publications, early MFA Bulletins, photographs, and unpublished internal documents and letters. The information gathered here will provide a solid framework for future treatment and research at both the MFA and other institutions.