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amphora

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA27429

  • Description

    Pottery amphora of pale red pottery with a cream-pink slip. Two handles at the neck. The body of the vessel is wide with smooth surfaces.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 2ndC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 84 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    See Brissaud and Zivie-Coche - Tanis 1987-1997, (1998) pgs.140, 174, 132 [pl.8a, 28,a,b].

  • Condition

    fair

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    25 April 2005

    Treatment proposal

    Flaking areas to be consolidated

    Condition

    The amphora is very dusty. There are some flakes around the body.

    Treatment details

    The surface of the amphora was lightly cleaned by brushing and vacuum cleaning. The flakes were consolidated by packing with the mixture of glass microballoons and 30% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone).

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1885

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA27429

  • Registration number

    .27429

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