religious/ritual equipment / handkerchief
Large square cloth, perhaps a napkin used by the bishop to wipe his hands during celebration, mainly undecorated linen, six dark blue weft faced narrow stripes parallel to upper and lower edges, a dark blue pinstripe with remnants of a warp fringe beyond. Silk details within the group of blue stripes.
- Excavated/Findspot: Qasr Ibrim, Church 1 North Crypt Burial of Bishop Timotheos B12
- (Africa,Egypt,Qasr Ibrim (Nubia))
- Length: 73.5 centimetres
- Width: 84.5 centimetres
good, some decay and discolouration
3 June 2004
If necessary clean and stabilise. Re-do pressure mount (currently very scratched with broken clips)
The object itself was sound but was in an old pressure mount which was to be replaced.The materials used for mounting are inappropriate: The support board was made from wood which had not been sealed. It also was too thin/flexible to give enough support for the size of the object: it bent away from the more rigid Perspex when lifted. This may have also been a contributing factor causing the Perspex clips to break. The sheet of Perspex covering the pressure mount was very scratched.
A new pressure mount was constructed using conservation grade materials. As a support board Hexlite (glass fibre,epoxy laminate on aluminiun honeycombe) has been used. Areas of the aluminium honeycombe were gouged out and filled with Bonda wood fill, a two component quick set filler for wood (to provide a firm base into which the clips securing the Perspex mount cover can be screwed).7.5mm wide strips of acid-free card were stuck along the edges of the front face of the board using undiluted Vinamul 3161. The edges of the board were finished off using Aluminium Tape. A layer of Polyester Wadding was placed into the recess created by the card strips. A layer of thin cotton domette fabric was placed over the board and heat-sealed to the reverse of the board using undiluted Vinamul 3161. A layer of cotton fabric dyed to a neutral colour was placed over the board and stitched to the domette on the reverse of the board. Finally, the reverse of the board was finished off by stitching a piece of cotton calico against the cotton covering the front of the board. The object was transferred onto its new mount and covered with a new sheet of Perspex (3mm thickness) which is now held in place by a total of 16 stainless steel mirror clips (four on each side), which in turn are screwed into the areas of the board that had been prepared with the Bonda woodfill.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
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Object reference number: YCA37674
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