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Papyrus(fragment); Greek or Coptic text recto and verso. Mounted with 10460, 10454.
- Excavated/Findspot: Asyut, tomb (vicinity)
- (Africa,Egypt,Middle Egypt,Asyut)
Inscription Positionboth sides
Inscription Positionboth sides
Register says 'Found in some tombs in the hills behind Assiut'
Papyrus Survey: Condition Details: Papyrus: displaced fragments Black ink Clay seals Mount Details: Sandwich Glass Binding Self adhesive tape Object Priority: A Mount Priority: A Overall Condition: A Curatorial condition comment: fair (incomplete)
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 inlaid into the backing paper. There is some local delamination of the papyrus and a small deposit on the surface which is possibly the remains of a clay seal.
Examined under magnification. The papyrus is very misaligned, with twisted fibres around the area with the remains of a clay seal. Consolidated clay with 3 applications of Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in xylene, 2.5% PRELIMINARY TESTS: Tested for solubility of inks with water and IMS (1:1), the inks were not soluble. Removed paper inlay with tweezers after applying blotters damped with water and IMS (1:1) to inlaid side under weighted glass. Realigned and removed three small overlapped fragments which were placed to one side and repaired with Japanese paper tabs [pre-toned with Aquarell watercolours] using Abra starch (wheat starch) paste. Dried between fresh blotters, with a hole cut in the top one to accomodate the seal without pressure, under weighted glass. From the text and general appearance of the fragment it was hoped to make a join between this fragment and 10462, however no join could be made and the fragments were mounted seperately. Mounted between glass with fragments10454 and 10460 which also have the remains of clay seals. The frame has a spacer inserted around the inside edges to accomodate the seals. Strips of acid-free board adhere with Abra wheat starch paste were used for the spacer.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
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Object reference number: YCA70545
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