Chemical Composition: XRF data from Artax 1
Alloy: Arsenical Copper
Alloying Elements: copper, arsenic
Other Elements: iron
K. Eremin, January 2014
Technical Observations: This figure is so highly mineralized and encrusted with gray burial accretions that it is difficult to say much about its method of manufacture other than that its shape suggests that it is solid, was modeled in wax, and was cast in one piece by the lost-wax process. The metal base below the legs could have served as a casting cup. Nothing can be said about the figure’s original surface. Some of the large green corrosion pustules have cracked and broken, revealing cupritic red mineral formations below them.
Francesca G. Bewer (submitted 2012)