Mold on Ivory?

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      Kara West
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      Hi all,

      While working on an inventory of some objects in our collection yesterday I
      found what I’m pretty sure is live mold on an elephant figurine. The figure
      is wood but the tusks and eyes are ivory, and except for a few spots over
      the body, most of the mold was growing on the ivory tusks. I’ve isolated
      the object, but we are at a loss about how to attempt to kill the mold
      without damaging the object. We have a small freezer that we’ve used to
      treat works on paper and textiles in the past, but are worried about what
      freezing something made of these materials could do. Has anyone had to deal
      with this problem before and has some suggestions?

      Thanks so much,

      Michele

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