Papyrus(fragment); illegible text. Mounted with 10129, 10141, 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 inlaid into the backing paper. The ink is smudged and abraded locally. There appears to be two different types used, carbon and possibly iron gall.
Examined under magnification and surface cleaned with a soft brush and damp cotton buds. PRELIMINARY TESTS: Tested for solubility of inks, on both sides, with IMS and water (1:1), inks were not soluble. Removed paper inlay with tweezers and realigned after applying blotters damped with IMS and water (1:1) to inlaid side 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 10455 and 10129 now joined, 10141, 10456, 10458, 10461 and 10462.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
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Object reference number: YCA70558
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