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  Etruscan collections at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology – Summer 2016
Marvin Morris


Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Gyllian Porteous, a Master’s student in Art Conservation from Queen’s University in Canada, spent 8 weeks during the summer of 2016 working to preserve the Etruscan collections at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology.

Thanks to generous funding from the Etruscan Foundation, she was able to repair three ceramic vessels suffering from old, degrading restorations. One of the vessels, a Caeretan brasier, also underwent sampling to collect a specimen of the ceramic ware for petrographic study.

Gyllian also assisted with the removal of iron bars from an Etruscan sarcophagus: these bars were used in the past to join the broken pieces of stone but now presented a risk of doing damage to the sarcophagus.

Her work was able to improve the stability of these Etruscan artifacts, thereby making them accessible to the UC Berkeley community for future study and display.