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Papyrus(fragment) bearing illegible text. Mounted with 10128, 10131, 10133-4, 10136-9.
- Found/Acquired: Egypt
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 and has dirt deposits. The ink is faint locally and is possibly made from iron gall.
Examined under magnification and noted some small white deposits, not readily soluble in water, possibly calcite. PRELIMINARY TESTS: Tested for solubility of ink in water and water and IMS (1:1). The ink was not soluble in the water and IMS mix. Backing removed with tweezers after applying blotters damped in water and IMS (1:1) to verso under weighted glass. A small amount of text was revealed under the old backing. 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 fragments 10128, 10131, 10133, 10134, 10136, 10137 and 10139.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
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Object reference number: YCA70550
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