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Conservation Treatment: Anatomical Model of a Man
Conservation Treatment: Anatomical Model of a Uterus
Photograph of an anatomical model of a uterus during pregnancy (12 weeks), before treatment
  Detail of the anatomical model of a uterus during pregnancy (12 weeks), before treatment
Photograph of an anatomical model of a uterus, during pregnancy, in its storage box
  Anatomical model of a uterus, during pregnancy, in its storage box
While this model of the uterus had damage similar to that of the small anatomical man–it was dirty and extensively cracked with flaking surfaces–it had its unique problems. The membrane that covers the opening in the top of the uterus had separated from the rest of the model, and the original varnish had completely flaked off.
 
After cleaning this model with ice water, the separated membrane was glued back into its original position using a synthetic adhesive, and a new varnish layer was brushed on using a modern synthetic resin. The box in which the object is stored fully supports its weight and helps protect it from dust, dirt, exposure to light, and changes in relative humidity. The box and supporting materials are made to have no detrimental effects on the artifact.
 
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Photograph of an anatomical model of a uterus during pregnancy (12 weeks), before treatment
  Open anatomical model of a uterus during pregnancy (12 weeks), before treatment. The translucent film that covers the opening in the front of the uterus had separated from the body.  
Photograph of an anatomical model of a uterus during pregnancy (12 weeks), before treatment
  Open anatomical model of a uterus during pregnancy (12 weeks), after treatment. The translucent film has been reattached.  
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