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Mosaics Conservation Work

Wojciech Kołątaj, Grzegorz Majcherek and Ewa Parandowska

in Villa of the Birds

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9789774160769
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781936190034 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774160769.003.0003
Mosaics Conservation Work

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The full extent of the four mosaic floors was revealed in the course of the conservation project. The mosaics appeared to be in fairly good condition, although some fragments were almost completely lost. The bedding of the mosaics was stable in the major part and the tesserae were in good condition due to the hardness and low porosity of the stone of which they were made. The mosaics had been restored and protected in the past. There were two kinds of old repairs visible on the surface, ancient ones and modern ones from the 1970s. The conservation of the mosaics started on June 1, 1998, and was completed in three stages. The mosaics were preserved in situ, on their original beddings. Since large lacunae were not filled, it seemed advisable, for conservation reasons, to introduce aeration pipes around the preserved fragments.

Keywords: mosaic floors; ancient repairs; modern repairs; situ; original bedding; aeration pipes

Chapter.  4054 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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