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Objects conservators provide for the conservation of three-dimensional works of art in the Museum's collections. Staff members also provide conservation support on a number of archaeological excavations, including those sponsored by the Museum, as well as on other international projects.

American West in Bronze Exhibition Blog

Re-creating the Lost Last Arrow

Shannon Vittoria, Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow, The American Wing

Posted: Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Born in Waterloo, New York, in 1825, Randolph Rogers studied in Florence before establishing a studio in Rome in 1851, as many American sculptors did in the mid-nineteenth century. Although Rogers specialized in literary and ideal subjects most often carved in Italian marble, he completed at least four compositions featuring American Indians, including The Last Arrow. Cast in Rome in 1880, this dramatic equestrian group depicts two American Indians: a wounded figure, tomahawk in hand, has fallen beneath the rearing horse of his fellow warrior, who precariously turns to aim his drawn bow and arrow at an unseen enemy. The gash on the chest of the fallen man suggests that his wound is from an arrow, and, thus, the result of intertribal combat.

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The Mask of Agamemnon: An Example of Electroformed Reproduction of Artworks Made by E. Gilliéron in the Early Twentieth Century

Dorothy H. Abramitis, Conservator, The Sherman Fairchild Center for Objects Conservation

Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The "Mask of Agamemnon" is one of the most famous gold artifacts from the Greek Bronze Age. Found at Mycenae in 1876 by the distinguished archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann, it was one of several gold funeral masks found laid over the faces of the dead buried in the shaft graves of a royal cemetery.

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