Conserving Bronze: The Lamp with Erotes from Vani

In the summer of 2007, four bronze lamps were discovered in a rock-cut pit near the walls of ancient Vani. Much ancient bronzework is lost to us, so the discovery of these remarkable objects in such a well-preserved condition is of immense value. Two of these lamps were recently conserved at the Getty Villa in collaboration with the Georgian National Museum. Watch conservators use a range of approaches to study and clean the Lamp with Erotes from Vani in this short film.

Conservation of the lamp was carried out at the Getty Villa in collaboration with the Georgian National Museum and the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University.

Lamp with Erotes, possibly Greek, from Asia Minor (present-day Turkey), 250-100 B.C. The Georgian National Museum

Archival and excavation images courtesy of the Otar Lordkipanidze Center for Archaeological Research, the Georgian National Museum

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