Pagan Gods, Astarte, detail of jewels

Cleaning Astarte’s jewelry

Sargent fabricated Astarte’s “jewels” from cut glass mounted into brass bezels. The conservators removed the jewels from the murals for cleaning. They used cotton swabs to apply solvents to the glass and metal surfaces, revealing brilliantly colored and clear glass. On this brooch, cleaning revealed the central lapis stone, which had such a heavy layer of dirt that it was previously unidentifiable as a semi-precious stone.
Pagan Gods, detail of glass jewelry, during cleaning; note the difference between the jewels at left and at right (2003 photo)
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