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Friday, May 17 • 10:30am - 11:00am
(Wooden Artifacts) Archaeometric Study of a Gilded Wooden Statue from the Ottoman Period

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The Statue studied here of servant African woman was found before an attempt to smuggle out of Egypt. It is likely that it dates back to the period of Muhammad Ali and his family , this statue is made of gilded wood with black face and decorated with multi colors on gilded layer as a rare technique, In addition, it is designed to rotate 360 degrees. Here we will shed light on identifying the botanical species of wood and the chemical composition of the materials used in decoration. Visual assessment, Optical Microscopy (OM), multispectral imaging technique , SEM-EDAX, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) were used in this study to elucidate the components of this statue. The microscopic observation of wood thin sections from several places made it possible to identify the wood used in this statue as pines wood.The analyses provided detailed more information concerning the original materials and the materials added during the previous treatment interventions, which need to be considered when applying a future conservation plan

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M. Moustafa

Scientific Conservator, Grand Egyptian Museum
Licence in Archaeology from Cairo University, Faculty of Archeology, Conservation Departement , 2010 ,now he is master student specialized in conservation of wooden artifacts and working in his master about (Treatment and Conservation gilded and painted wooden artifacts with application... Read More →


Mohamed Soliman

conservator, Cairo University
Licence in Archaeology from Cairo University, Faculty of Archeology, Conservation Departement , Master student in faculty of Archaeology , Cairo university , Scientific conservator in Manial Palace and museum

Naglaa Gomaa

general director of conservation affairs, Manial Palaceand museum
General Director of conservation affairs , Manial palace and museum

Friday May 17, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am EDT
Abenaki Room Sky Convention Center, Mohegan Sun
  Specialty Session, Wooden Artifacts