> Regarding the Granite Leaf, what is also problematic are the
> modern 'restoration' works that were carried out within the
> Ante Chamber where it is evident that modern pink plaster has
> been used to smooth over parts of the Granite Leaf at its
> edges, making it now impossible to see the stones as they were
> originally observed in Petrie's time.
This raises an interesting point, Scott.
Could it be that what I and others see as the Leaf being 'cemented' in place is in fact the result of plaster being used as a lubricant in the grooves for the Leaf and drying out over time?
Another point to consider is whether the 'modern pink plaster' is actually 4th dyn. material the same as the several patches of 'red plaster' found in the Ascending Passage and mentioned by the Edgar brothers in the early 1920s.
Regarding the restoration work carried out in recent years, J & M Edgar photographed the top of the Leaf in the early 1920s and it is possible to get from these photos some idea of how things looked when Petrie was there in the late 1880s.
Copies of these photos can be found in Google Images.
Post Edited (23-Jun-12 13:01)
So few answers - and not one of them mine.