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By Robert B. Faltermeier

This booklet is a concise consultant on how you can protect, defend and examine cultural background in deepest and public collections. Its concentration is on 3-dimensional artistic endeavors and archaeology made from fabrics like ceramics, glass, stone, metals, wooden and so forth. It in brief explains crucial features of dealing with, show, garage and research of such paintings works and covers the fundamentals of environmental stipulations for an artwork assortment. quite a few useful examples from the author's lengthy event are proven in fine quality color photographs.

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Elephant ivory has wavy, longitudinal lines and in cross-section exhibits a crosshatched pattern (Schreger lines). When holding the object under a light source, these characteristic lines will be more visible but they may gradually disappear when turning the ivory. In fake ivory, these lines are too regular and will not disappear when turning the artwork. Walrus ivory has a characteristic core of cloudy secondary dentine, whereas sperm whale teeth have simple concentric rings. Bones are supplied with blood in a living animal and therefore will contain small channels or pores that are usually seen as small brown or black spots on the object.

If a stone has fractured or chipped surfaces then a microscope or good magnifying glass (30× or larger) can be used to examine the stone fabric. Most stones, being porous) have a graduation in colour from the surface into the core of the piece. This colour change varies from stone to stone and depends upon the type of burial environment. I have seen cases in which shellac and other materials have been applied to imitate this gradual penetration of deterioration and discolouration. If this is suspected it should be followed up with careful surface testing to confirm if the material is soluble in organic solvents, indicating a synthetic resin has been used.

It is often difficult to distinguish between ivory and bone without a magnifying glass or microscope. Generally, ivory has a much lower visible porosity than bone. Ivory is made of dentin and refers to the tusks of elephants and mammoths, although the term is also used for walrus, hippopotamus and various whales’ teeth. Both ivory and bone are easily distorted or warped when exposed to fluctuating humidity and/or temperature. Elephant ivory has wavy, longitudinal lines and in cross-section exhibits a crosshatched pattern (Schreger lines).

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