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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA18236

  • Description

    Fragment of linen; central applied polychrome medallion containing hare surrounded by baskets and floral tondos.

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 43 centimetres
    • Width: 40 centimetres
  • Condition

    fair

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    7 June 1999

    Treatment proposal

    Remove from glazed frame. Surface clean; remove folds and creases. Prepare for storage - selected for visual storage in Study Centre.

    Condition

    Inappropriately and poorly stored between glass and adhered to acidic cardboard. Glass broken, crushing. Textile itself quite weak and large areas of loss from the wool tapestry woven areas, leaving bare warp thread. Constantly shedding fibres.

    Treatment details

    Fragment was removed from glazing, and cut away from cardboard mechanically. Any adhesive or card residue was removed from the back of the textile using a poultice treatment of 7% Laponite RD (sodium magnesium lithium silicate) in distilled water to soften the adhesive. The textile was then humidified using Goretex (polytetrafluoro ethylene,polyester laminate) to reduce creases and folds, and to relax fibres. The fringe was straightened with aid of ultrasonic humidifier. The fragment was then attached to a padded board in preparation for visual storage in Study Centre. The textile was pinned out on specially dyed cotton calico fabric, and secured using conservation stitching (couching) worked in silk thread. A board was made from cross-plied Correx, covered with cotton domette and dyed cotton calico fabric, adhered to the back of the board with PVA adhesive. The supported textile was then attached to the board, stitching around the edges. It was housed in a custom made archival box.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1887

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA18236

  • Registration number

    1887,0402.100

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