A modern method of casting

Photo of Varvak statue Athens
  • Marble statuette of Athena
    Photograph: National Archaeological Museum, Athens

As with traditional methods of cast making, before a cast can be made, a mould of the original must be taken. The following example shows a mould being taken from a plaster cast of an original, using a modern method of moulding in Oxford, and a new cast being made from this mould.

Oxford has a plaster cast of a marble statuette of Athena in Athens. The Berlin State Museum has another cast of the same statue. The Oxford cast lost its right arm, column and Victory many years ago. To restore it a mould was taken from the Berlin cast, and a new arm, column and Victory were made using this mould.