Rectangle of linen cloth folded in two; decorative transverse band in red, orange and green.
- Found/Acquired: Akhmim
- (Africa,Egypt,Upper Egypt,Akhmim)
- Length: 25 centimetres (as folded)
- Width: 24 centimetres
7 June 1999
Remove from glazed frame. Surface clean; remove folds and creases. Prepare for storage in Melinex sleeves. Prepare for visual storage in Study Centre.
Inappropriate storage in acidic cardboard mount with glass covering. There is risk of broken glass, heavy to lift and crushing the textile; textile adhered to cardboard using spots of animal glue. Textile folded to fit inside mount.
The textile was removed from the mount, cutting away the cardboard around the spots of adhesive with a scalpel. The card and adhesive residue on the reverse of the textile was removed using a Laponite (7% in distilled water) poultice to soften the adhesive to the point where the card could be picked off with tweezers. The textile was surface cleaned using low powered vacuum suction (mini-vac). The textile was humidified on Goretex (polytetrafluoro ethylene,polyester laminate) to reduce any creasing and folds in the textile as appropriate. The fragment was then rehoused in a new mount comprising of a double sleeve of Melinex (polyester) (100 micron thickness), the inner sleeve slipped inside the outer one, sealed on two edges. Pre-made standard size sleeves were used for the outer sleeve, whilst the inner sleeves were individually made to fit the object using the polyester welding machine. The sleeve was then housed in an archival board box (approximately 5 sleeves per box). Second phase of conservation - preparation for visual storage in Study Centre. Stitched to padded board. Board made from cross-plied Correx, covered with cotton domette and dyed cotton calico, adhered to back using PVA adhesive. Textile fragment pinned in position on board and secured by stitching with silk thread. Housed in custom-made archival box.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
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