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Nerina da Silva arm wrestling with Poseidon's right leg

Photos courtesy Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project. Click on images to enlarge.
by Marc Waelkens

Statue Conservation: July 24-28, 2005

The statue conservation team (Nerina da Silva, Eric Risser, Melih Ekinci and Semra Mägele) continued reassembling the statues from the Hadrianic Nymphaeum. This week they mainly concentrated on the Poseidon statue. With reference to the Poseidon and satyr statues, their reassembly will be slightly more difficult because the weight-bearing legs are incomplete. Even so, some important small fragments of the Poseidon's legs have been found, helping to lessen the voids. Accordingly, several of these leg fragments, as well as from the staff of the trident were prepared for rejoining with the application of a reversible acrylic primer to the join surfaces. Pinning began in both the Aphrodite and the Poseidon statues. The lower section of the Aphrodite had her pin and sleeves potted with structural epoxy resin. The lower leg sections of the Poseidon, to the point of the knees, were drilled and pinned, as were both arms.

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