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RESTORATION OF ETRUSCAN GOLD FIBULA AND RING
These golden jewels are part of a magnificent set that includes personal ornaments and pottery made of precious materials. They accompanied the main burial, which related to a woman of rank, and astonished those who entered and discovered this monumental tomb in April 1836. These discoveries constituted one of the most important testimonies of the Etruscan Orientalizing period. It consists of a fibula and a ring decorated with granulation, geometric and schematic motifs, such as meanders and the solar disk. There are also seven small cylinders decorated with watermarks and granulation with linear abstract motifs. Restoration may provide us with new insight into the Etruscan granulation process.
State of Preservation
These objects are in a fairly good state of preservation. However, the surface has been affected by dust and corrosion. Microfractures are present on the surface and need to be fixed.
These small artworks require a careful microscopic cleaning and a possible consolidation of the lacunose portions. A revision of the museum display stand will also be necessary to ensure their final protection.
The International Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums wish to thank CARTIER SOUTH-EAST EUROPE for supporting the Restoration of these precious and rare jewels.