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tapestry

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA18229

  • Description

    Linen cloth; attached red, blue and white decorative tapestry panel.

  • Culture/period

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 33 centimetres (frame)
    • Width: 30.5 centimetres (frame)
  • Condition

    fair

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    21 October 1998

    Reason for treatment

    Storage

    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 upto 4 fragments. The Melinex pockets were stored in acid free board boxes. The fragment was selected for mounting onto a padded board. Two pieces of Correx, (polyproplyene/polyethylene copolymer), were cut to a standard size and cross-plyed. The board was covered with a cushioning layer of cotton domet and an outer layer of appropriately dyed cotton calico. The fragment was attached to the board with conservation stitching, worked in dyed mono-filament silk thread. After treatment the mounted fragment was placed in an acid-free box for long-term storage.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1887

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA18229

  • Registration number

    1887,0402.101


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