Chemical Composition: XRF data from Tracer
Alloying Elements: copper, tin
Other Elements: lead, iron
K. Eremin, January 2014
Technical Observations: The rough and corroded surfaces are mostly green, with areas of exposed underlying red. A gray resinous repair material is present between the fore limbs and the base, between the hindquarters and the base, and between the heads of the center and proper left animals. Although these could be fills for small losses, it is probable that the animals were broken from their base, or parts of the base, and later reattached. All surfaces of the assemblage match each other closely in texture, color, and corrosion products, and the join areas are small; the group does not appear to be a modern assemblage.
The group is a solid cast. Although little surface detail is preserved, the irregularity and freely modeled nature of the shapes points to the use of a direct technique, forming the model directly in wax. The simple shapes probably received little or no surface decorations, although there may have been some added details on the heads of the animals that are now obscured by corrosion products.
Henry Lie (submitted 2013)