The sculpture had become completely detached from its base, and structural compression had caused the loss of static equilibrium. There were various breaks on the outstretched parts and the entire vertical extension of the back, which meant that the extremities (only partially connected to the trunk) were in danger of falling off and that the existing breaks were at risk of widening due to the weight of the elements themselves. The entire surface was altered by thick, tenacious surface deposits of various kinds, which obscured the legibility of the forms and the original surface finish.
After surveying the condition of the surface and studying the static equilibrium of the various component parts in relation to the breakage, it was possible to plan all the phases of the conservation treatment.
Photographic documentation and a graphic survey of the surfaces were used to record the current condition of the objects, including all the observations and significant information. These base maps were then used throughout the treatment to record the operations performed.