Reassembly of the broken pieces of an object. In all cases as much of the original object as possible is stabilized, reassembled and incorporated into the restoration.
Reintegration, filling in the loss and in-painting the missing area seeking to create the illusion of the original complete image and reintegrate the area of loss into the visual image of the whole (see Figure 9.1). This can be achieved on a number of levels:
• Functional: Where the area is restored in order to make the object stable. This may mean the replacement of a working part of a machine (e.g. a new cog), or the use of a gap fill in a ceramic to ensure that the reassembled vessel will not readily break apart, or infilling tessera in a mosaic so that other tessera on the broken edge are not levered up and the damage increased.