In order to understand these works, Seated Woman and Seated Man, it is important to distinguish restorations from original materials. In the 1940s, both figures were reassembled from numerous fragments. At that time, a restorer repainted their entire surfaces to disguise the repairs. Recently, both were cleaned to remove the modern paint; there is a dramatic difference between the repainted and cleaned (that is, original) surfaces. The removal of the modern paint also established that these two were made as a pair, and revealed that the woman’s right hand was an inaccurate restoration. It was removed and a new hand, based on her authentic, left hand, was created. Nearly all of the Seated Man’s body had been covered with restoration materials, causing the surface to look dark and discolored.
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