Terracotta Restoration

Made out of terracotta, this object is a Ming Dynasty tomb attendant, with the body covered in green and gold glazes. The head of this tomb attendant arrived to us broken in a multitude of pieces. The hands were separated from the body as well.

After gluing the pieces, black details remaining on the face and head could be observed. It was necessary to do some filling on the cracks as well as some inpainting to match the surrounding texture and coloration. It also had earthen and mineral deposits as would be expected, and they were not removed during the terracotta restoration process.