The science of conservation is constantly evolving and improving. Not only do conservators work against the effects of time and environmental factors of deterioration, they also on occasion have to battle the effects of poorly-made or poorly-informed conservation decisions from collectors, curators or even other conservators in the past. They also have to contend with the effects of the degeneration of ageing conservation materials.
In this report, objects conservator Ishak Ahamad shares with us the conservation treatment he had to carry out on a bronze jingle which had been broken in two. The damage was not recent and in fact had been previously repaired but the attempt at restoration had not been entirely successful as the repaired crack eventually gave way.