Academic thesis

Martin Sinnicki: Investigation, conservation and replica of a late medieval Great Pavise from the city of Kaufbeuren, Germany Back
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Abstract: The diploma thesis concerns an originally probably 15th century great Pavise from the city of Kaufbeuren, Germany. Today the shield is in the possession of the Bavarian National Museum. Fire and neglect have caused severe damage and losses leaving the shield in a fragmented condition.
Finding an abject of this kind with nearly untouched condition is a rare instance, as many other remaining shields of this period have been already restored. Therefore the main focus in this diploma thesis is to investigate production processes and to analyse and were possible identify all materials used to build this shield. Those investigations have led to the following results: The man-sized, rectangular and slightly curved shield is composed in layers of different materials. On top of a core of softwood lies a layer of proteinaceous fibers (animal tendons). This layer is than covered by an additional layer of so called cement (fire protection) made by mixing spherical iron-containing slag particles, glass particles and bone meal. The complete shield is enveloped with rawhide. The crest of Kaufbeuren forms the decor of the shield showing a golden oblique ribbon with two golden, six-pointed stars on a red background. Based on the material and literature research, a replica shield was constructed. The conservation treatment at the original shield was limited to a dust reduction by mechanical means and Cyber Clean Hypoallergenic®, and a consolidation of loose paint fragments with JunFunori® and Klucel H.


Keywords: Great Pavise, Kaufbeuren, replica, animal tendons, spherical iron-containing slag particles, raw hide, Cyber Clean Hypoallergenic®, JunFunori®
  • academic institution: Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien
  • kind of theses:  Diplomarbeit
  • main Tutor:  o.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dipl.Ing. Wolfgang Baatz
  • assistant Tutor:  Dr. Nanke Schellmann; Dipl.-Rest. Heike Winkelbaue
  • date:  2016
  • Language:  German
  • pages:  332
  • pictures:  346

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