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    Pottery sherds; cream slip; red and black decoration.

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    14 February 2004

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    Treatment proposal

    Many restored fragments, to be cleaned and reconstructed. Possible support fills.


    Dirty and broken, areas missing.

    Treatment details

    Dust removed with a vacuum cleaner. Reconstructed as far as possible *HMG* . Joins supported with masking tape during curing.

    Missing areas filled with *SUPCAST* mixed with water. A seperating layer of aluminium foil applied to break edges. Dental wax used as a support mould, held in position using masking tape. Gapfill removed from object when hard, smoothed using a scalpel blade and various grades of abrasive paper. Fill bonded into position with *HMG*. Surface painted with Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer).

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    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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