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Papyrus(fragment); Coptic text. Mounted with 101028, 10131-4, 10136-9.
- Excavated/Findspot: Asyut, tomb (vicinity)
- (Africa,Egypt,Middle Egypt,Asyut)
Not on display
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 possibly a palimpsest.
Examined under magnification. Locally the fragment is very deteriorated and there may be an area that is palimpsest. Also the fragment has been so heavily attacked by insects, with so much frass, that it is not possible to surface clean as the papyrus is so friable. PRELIMINARY TESTS: Tested for solubility of ink with water, the ink is not soluble. Removed backing with tweezers after applying damp blotters to 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 10128, 10132-4, 10136, 10137 and 10139.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
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Object reference number: YCA70549
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