Academic thesis

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Abstract: The present Bachelor-Thesis addresses the conservation and restoration of a chest made of stone, presumably a reliquary, which dates back to the 13th to 14th century AD.
Resembling a miniature rectangular house with a removable one-piece saddle roof, it gives a fine example of outstanding Gothic stonemasonry with its delicately structured surfaces, carved-out tracery and imagery. Having been stored in the depot of the Thüringer Museum at Eisenach as part of the museum’s collection of medieval art, its history does not provide information about the artist nor its original place of use. Since plans for a future exhibition at the museum require its conservation and restoration, this thesis proposes a set of measures guiding through the process.
As a first step, the artist’s original intent and the object’s current physical condition are being assessed. Thereafter, measures to secure this original intent and to restore the piece’s legibility are being suggested which take into consideration its future public display. The development of these measures focuses on the question to which extent restoration should be conducted and at the same time how claims for authentic preservation of its aged appearance can be satisfied. Based on this question, the methodical, technological and aesthetic aspects of these measures are being discussed. Furthermore, different possibilities for reconstruction of missing parts of the roof are evaluated.
On completion of this thesis and under the proviso of its approval, the proposed set of measures will be performed.


  • academic institution: FH Erfurt
  • kind of theses:  Bachelorarbeit
  • date:  2016

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