Conservation-restoration of Terracotta ring vase - Cypriot collection from Archaeological museum of Dubrovnik. Replacement of missing parts: modelling and moulding

manenica-posterAuthor: Romana Manenica
Mentor: Sanja Pujo, mag. art

University of Dubrovnik, Art and Restoration Department (Croatia)
Graduate Programme in Conservation-Restoration (MA)
Specialization: Conservation-restoration of ceramics, 4th study year

Summary
With this poster, we want to introduce you to the conservation and restoration works carried out on a ceramic object with an emphasis on reconstruction of missing parts. Where large areas of damage have occurred, the missing part may cause the object to be structurally weak and visually incomplete. In this case we use molds and hand modelling. The process of reconstructing is showed on a Cypriot terracotta ring vase, which dates to the Middle Bronze Age. The same object reached the Archaeological museum in Dubrovnik by donation from 19. century.
After receiving it, the object was documented, photographed and sketches were made to show parts which needed to be reconstructed and linked(that was done in the program Adobe Illustrator). It was noted that there have been previous restorations. Glossy coating and adhesive residues were found; which were then removed and the object was cleaned. Whole treatment was done with accent on reconstruction of missing parts using molds and modelling. At the end, some reconstructed parts were retouched.
The goal of this reconstruction was to stabilize the object and to show how it looked before the breakage. This poster shows a few ways to reconstruct that could be useful for other types of ceramic objects that need to be reconstructed.

 

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Short biography
ROMANA MANENICA was born in 1991 in Dubrovnik. In 2010 she enrolls to study Restoration and conservation in Dubrovnik. While studying at the university she does professional practice at the Institute Palazzo Spinelli in Italy. She is currently  a 4th year student at the Dubrovnik University.