Chemical Composition: ICP-MS/AAA data from sample, Leaded Bronze:
Cu, 81.78; Sn, 7.3; Pb, 10.1; Zn, 0.41; Fe, 0.15; Ni, 0.05; Ag, 0.08; Sb, 0.14; As, less than 0.10; Bi, less than 0.025; Co, less than 0.01; Au, less than 0.01; Cd, less than 0.001
Technical Observations: The statuette features a brown patina with variegated green, brown, and red corrosion products. There are old losses to the toes and heel of the proper left foot and to the object held in the proper fight hand. There is a break through the proper right foot at the instep. The surface is abraded partly as a result of cleaning. A modern steel pin is set into the proper left foot.
The statuette is a lost-wax cast. The torso and thighs are hollow, while the arms, lower legs, and head are solid metal. The details of the facial features and hair were made in the wax model and enhanced in the metal. A small, irregular rectangular punch was used to texture the body of the headdress, and a chisel or engraving tool was used to fashion the stylized feathers of the bird’s wings. The figure’s breasts look as though they had been made by flattening two small balls of wax on her chest. The figure’s eyes preserve evidence of silvering. The x-radiograph reveals small core-pin holes in the body.
Nancy Lloyd and Francesca G. Bewer (submitted 1999, updated 2001)