Fragment of linen; central applied polychrome medallion containing hare surrounded by baskets and floral tondos.
- Found/Acquired: Akhmim
- (Africa,Egypt,Upper Egypt,Akhmim)
- Length: 43 centimetres
- Width: 40 centimetres
7 June 1999
Reason for treatment
Remove from glazed frame. Surface clean; remove folds and creases. Prepare for storage - selected for visual storage in Study Centre.
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.
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.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
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Object reference number: YCA70238
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