Evaluation in Berlin
Conservators from the J. Paul Getty Museum traveled to Berlin where they assisted the Pergamon Museum's conservators with the initial examination, evaluation, and the initial disassembly of the statue. It was determined that many of the 18th- and 19th-century restorations were in a weakened state. Adhesives between joined fragments were no longer able to securely hold the fragments together and some of the major load-bearing joints of the sculpture were failing. Fill materials--including plaster, plaster and pine resin mixtures, synthetic resins, cements, and mortar compositions used to disguise joints--had become discolored, cracked, and distracting. Many of the iron pins, which were inserted during earlier restorations to strengthen the joints, were now rusting. Since the sculpture could not be transported to California in such a fragile condition, it was decided that the largest fragments should be disconnected from the ancient torso. The restored head and arms were separated from the torso and the joints between the leg segments and the lower torso were disassembled. These major parts, themselves made up of many restorations fitted to ancient fragments, were then carefully packed and shipped to the Antiquities Conservation studios at the Getty.