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tapestry

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA37131

  • Description

    Polychrome linen tapestry panel: central red, green and white square containing human figure and bird; border of figures on yellow ground.

  • Culture/period

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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 33.5 centimetres (frame)
    • Width: 29 centimetres (frame)
  • Condition

    fair

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    31 October 1998

    Treatment proposal

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

    Condition

    Inappropriately housed, glued to acidic cardboard in glazed frames - broken glass. 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 housed in a sleeve of Melinex (polyester), sealed along one edge using the polyester welding machine. This sleeve was then in turn placed inside a pre-made Melinex pocket, sealed on two sides, which could be subdivided to accommodate up to 4 fragments. The Melinex pockets were stored in acid-free board boxes.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1868

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA37131

  • Registration number

    1868,1102.281

  • Additional IDs

    • BS.6651g (Birch Slip Number)

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