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    Torn rectangle of linen; applied square panel containing representation of horseman within foliate border; applied purple foliate band with central lion above.

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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 58 centimetres
    • Width: 27.2 centimetres
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    Treatment date

    27 October 1998

    Reason for treatment


    Treatment proposal

    Remove from frame. Surface clean, remove folds and creases. Prepare for storage in Melinex sleeve.


    Inappropriately housed, glued to acidic cardboard - glazed frame - broken glass, crushed and over crowded, folded and creased. Surface dust and soiling, including glass splinters.

    Treatment details

    Remove from frame, surface clean. Humidify to ease folds and creases. Selected for mounting on padded board. Attached to board with conservation stitches using mono filament silk thread. Placed in an acid free box for long term storage.

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    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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