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Conservation processes and techniques

Conservation of the mosaic

After the lifting, part of the backing mortar was cleaned on the site, but still the weight of the mosaic was around 20000kg. The size and weight of the panels made their transportation a complicated task: the laboratory in the Rockefeller museum is not accessible to heavy trucks and so the mosaic panels with the wooden supports were transported manually to the storage area.

Each fragment was cleaned of residues from the backing mortar and the removed tesserae were glued back in the original places.

Two fully-adjustable platforms were built to permit the construction of the new supports and the rejoining of the mosaic.

Preparation of the mosaic for the application of new supports:

Consolidation of the glass tesserae:

1. In-situ treatment

2. Treatment in the conservation lab

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