Karaja figurine c. 1950


  • Document
  • Reduce surface grime
  • Consolidate unstable media
  • Construct volara support intserts
  • Alter mount
  • Install work in gallery


  • Stereomicroscopy
  • Ultraviolet (UV)-excited visible fluorescence
  • Solubility testing

This object was treated before being exhibited in the Brooklyn Museum’s Climate in Crisis temporary exhibition. The exterior surfaces were mechanically cleaned overall to remove dust and dirt using a soft, natural bristle brushes and a vacuum equipped with HEPA filter. The feathers were preened by gently manipulating to reduce distortions. The adhesive residue was reduced from the wooden base using solvents and mechanical action. The feathers were gently manipulated to redirect the distorted tips. The accession number was remove from the upper side of the base and reapplied to the underside where it was no longer visible.

Consolidated hair overall with mist consolidation (1.25% Aquazol 200/deionized water and ethanol) and locally with brush (2.5% Aquazol 200/ deionized water and ethanol or ~10% Aquazol 500/acetone). 

Consolidated local areas of instability/friability within skin (2.5% Aquazol 200/ deionized water and ethanol).

Natalya Swanson