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Papyrus(fragment); illegible text. Mounted with 10128, 10131-3, 10136-9.
- Excavated/Findspot: Asyut, tomb (vicinity)
- (Africa,Egypt,Middle Egypt,Asyut)
Register says 'Found in some tombs in the hills behind Assiut'
18 October 2002
Reason for treatment
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 friable, delaminating and has dirt deposits locally.
Examined under magnification and noted much frass on the papyrus surface which was brushed away as far as possible with a soft brush. PRELIMINARY TEST: Tested for solubility of ink with water, the ink was not soluble. Removed backing with tweezers after applying damp blotters to verso under weighted glass. Having removed the backing it could be seen that the papyrus surface underneath had a very fine layer of papyrus, reduced to a lace like appearance having been so eaten away by insects, on top. Also the papyrus surface underneath was very degraded and eaten. The top layer was removed from part of the fragment where it was covering two small lines of text. The remainder of the fragment was generally so degraded that although there may have been some faint text under it, it was impossible to seperate or distinguish the layers from one another, and the area was immediately repaired with a patch of Japanese paper [pre-toned with Aquarell watercolours]. Repair paper was adhered with Abra starch (wheat starch) paste. The remaining area was repaired with small tabs of the same Japanese paper using Abra starch (wheat starch). Dried between fresh blotters under weighted glass. The small pieces of papyrus removed from the verso surface were placed to one side. Mounted between glass with 10128, 10131-3, 10136, 10137 and 10139.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
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Object reference number: YCA70552
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