A modern coating was reduced to make decoration more visible. Tarnish was reduce using a cosmetic sponge.
The box is made of silver panels that are hammered, raised and chased and then soldered together. The corners are reinforced with extra pieces of silver from the interior. The box is partially gilded using two different methods of applying gold. The smaller details, such as the flames in the background, appear to be mercury or fired gilded. The larger figures in high relief are gilded by application of thin sheets of gold. The highpoints were lightly cleaned to make the figurative elements more readable and the gilding more visible.
|8/01/2017||Examination||Treated for exhibition|
|8/03/2017||Treatment||Cleaned for exhibition|
- Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong. 2001-2003.