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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA90769

  • Description

    Fragment of linen; red band containing cruciform motifs.

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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 52.7 centimetres
    • Width: 40.5 centimetres
  • Condition

    fair

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    1 January 2001

    Treatment proposal

    Remove from glazed frame. Surface clean, remove folds and creases. Prepare for storage.

    Condition

    Inappropriately housed, glued to acidic cardboard in glazed frame. Folded and creased. Surface dust, soiling and glass splinters. Crushed and overcrowded.

    Treatment details

    Removed from glazed frame, and from cardboard. Cardboard and adhesive residues removed using poultice of 7% Laponite RD (sodium magnesium lithium silicate) in distilled water. Fragment surface cleaned using low powered vacuum suction and soft brush. Creases and folds relaxed through humidification process using Goretex (polytetrafluoro ethylene,polyester laminate). The fragment was then stitched to a new support fabric of dyed cotton calico, using silk monofilament thread. It was finally attached to a padded board of cross-plied Correx board.

    About these records 

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA90769

  • Registration number

    .90769

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