|The plaster that was used to fill the gaps between
the stones when the tomb first came to the Museum became dirty
and started to crumble. Here, Ann Heywood is removing the top
layers of the old
plaster and replacing it with fresh plaster.
Ann Heywood is conservator in the Sherman Fairchild Center
for Objects Conservation. Conservators care for the objects,
repairing damages and making sure new ones are prevented. Ann is
the study and treatment of Egyptian art.
For many years the reliefs
on the inside of the tomb had been behind panels of glass, collecting
dust and other dirt materials. When
the glass was finally removed, soft brushes and a low-suction
vacuum were used to remove the loose dirt. Using water or other
solvents would have been harmful to the paint. In some areas the
paint was so
that a special adhesive substance, called resin, had to be applied
in order to prevent the pigments from flaking off.