Low-fired ceramics like this Dwarf Figurine are fragile. It was broken and, in the past, was reassembled from multiple fragments, using a large amount of glue, which caused further damage to the object. Conservation treatment at the Walters began with removing the old glue and reassembling the sculpture using a more appropriate adhesive that is easily removable should additional conservation be required in the future. The cracks were filled in, and a flaking area on the figure’s right hip was repaired by covering the surface with a thin piece of special paper, which acts like a bandage.
- Art of Ancient America, 1500 B.C.-1400 A.D.. Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe. 1998-2008.
- Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection Gift. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville. 2012-2013.