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The God Shakra

Indian, Gujarat or Rajasthan

The God Shakra, 15th Century

Opaque Watercolor, Gold, Ink


Gift of Dr. Alvin O. Bellak 

Current Condition of Artwork:

Pressure sensitive tape hinges in upper left and right corners; mends in top and bottom corners of verso. Adhesive residue with hinges and mends. Minor accretions and surface grime. Severe local embrittlement due to corrosive green media. Losses to upper right corner, a result of past insect damage, and rounded corners. Minor abrasions/skinning to support. Tears/fractures in center right beside image and within greens in the image. Inherent vertical cockling at top and bottom. Severe local discoloration of verso due to corrosive green. Paint losses, cracking, and minor cleavage/flaking to greens and reds. Cu+ (Copper I) green in image suffering severe degredation.

Conservation Treatment Proposed:

  • Use non-aqueous adhesive on Cu+ (Copper I) greens.
  • Consolidate flaking paint.
  • Reduce pressure sensitive tape, adhesive and heavy paper mends mechanically.
  • Mend fractures and reinforce losses to upper right corner.
  • Fill losses (optional).

Estimated Cost of Treatment:      $500.00