Loss Compensation

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Essay for ART HISTORY 387 CONSERVATION. The 4 page double-spaced essay discusses the decision conservators need to make between leaving out the lacunae of an object or compensating for whatever is missing. This also includes ethics versus aesthetics in a museum.

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Taylor 1Loss CompensationCrucial to their dedication as preservationists, conservators must makedecisions concerning the compensation of lacunae, (the missing parts of the object) insuch a way as to avoid negative impact on future examination, balance its physical andaesthetic needs, and respect its life history and intended appearance. This is inaccordance with the American Institute for Conservations Code of Ethics (VI), Theconservation professional must strive to select methods and materials that, to the bestof current knowledge, do not adversely affect cultural property for its futureexamination, scientific investigation, treatment, or function.These intentions are exemplified by the work on the Egyptian sarcophagusexamined in our class. Upon close examination, it was clear that there was some losstoward the foot of the coffin, which the conservator decided to compensate. For suchan ornate artifact, it was important to consider what, if anything should beredecorated to conform with the rest of the piece. The conservator decided to includesome of the very subtle patterns, which were repeated across the bottom of the foot.However, the conservator decided
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