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  • Description

    Part of the art of a figure, probably of a deity, gessoed and painted, with linen and bitumen covering, hand outstretched with palm facing upwards, with tenon at top.

  • Culture/period

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 38.2 centimetres
  • Condition

    fair (incomplete and cracked)

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    11 January 1988

    Treatment proposal

    Clean. Fix paint, relay lifting flakes.


    Surface dust. Paint flaking from surface.

    Treatment details

    Dust removed from surface with cotton wool swabs moistened with Synperonic N - a non ionic detergent, in distilled water. Paint and flakes consolidated with a solution of Mowilith DMC2 in distilled water (PVA emulsion) using a fine artists brush.

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  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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  • Additional IDs

    • BS.2401 (Birch Slip Number)

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Object reference number: YCA44

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