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Papyrus(fragment); Coptic text. Mounted with 10129, 10140, 10455, 10456, 10458, 10461, 10462.
- Excavated/Findspot: Asyut, tomb (vicinity)
- (Africa,Egypt,Middle Egypt,Asyut)
Register says 'Found in some tombs in the hills behind Assiut'
18 October 2002
Remove papyri from old backings, repair, remount.
The fragment is mounted in a frame with 25 other fragments, some of which are adhered to cream backing paper and some inlaid, and all contained between a glass sandwich bound with linen tape. Several of the fragments have seals on them and so a spacer has been inserted inside the glass edges to avoid the pressure from the glass. Generally these seals, which rarely survive, are made from unbaked clay and are friable and insecurely attached to the papyrus. All the fragments have evidence of insect attack in the form of holes and/or surface damage. All those which have been inlaid into the backing paper are very fractured and cockled because they are unsupported by either backing or glass. This fragment is backed on paper, the surface is very damaged and small areas are lifting. The ink is smudged locally.
Examined under magnification and light surface cleaned with a soft brush where possible. PRELIMINARY TESTS: Tested for solubility of ink with water, and water and IMS mixed. The ink was not soluble in water and IMS (1:2). The backing was removed with tweezers after applying blotters damped in water and IMS (1:2) to the verso under weighted glass. Repaired with Japanese paper tabs [pre-toned with Aquarell watercolours] using Abra starch (wheat starch) paste. Dried between fresh blotters under weighted glass. Mounted between glass with 10129 and 10455 now joined, 10140, 10456, 10458, 10461 and 10462.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
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Object reference number: YCA70559
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