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Fragment of an undyed linen plain weave onto which a large tapestry leaf-shaped ornament has been applied and sewn (oversewing); the ornament is framed with a freize of green, stylised interlacing on a dark blue background; the central decoration is organised around a Greek vase at the bottom (from which water or vegetal motifs are springing), and above a large, stylised tree (maybe 'Tree of life', with blue foliage and pink, red, and beige flowers); on each side of these elements are birds (peacocks?) and quadrupeds; on the left and on the right are two similar motifs (human figures that appear to spring from foliage and are mirror images of eachother); plain weave: warp-undyed linen (S/12), weft-undyed linen (S/11); tapestry on grouped threads: warp-undyed linen (S spun Z ply/11), weft-undyed linen (S), undyed, light green, light and dark blue, pink, red wool (S/80); sewing: undyed linen (S spun Z ply); all edges of tapestry are hemmed and all edges of plain weave are cut and ragged
- Excavated/Findspot: Akhmim
- (Africa,Egypt,Upper Egypt,Akhmim)
- Height: 31 centimetres
- Width: 28.5 centimetres
Kept with small bag of fibres and fragment of plain weave; stored in black box
21 October 1998
Reason for treatment
Remove from glazed frame. Surface clean, remove folds and creases. Prepare for storage in Melinex sleeves.
Inappropriately housed, glued to acidic cardboard in glazed frames - broken glass. Folded and creased. Surface dust, soiling and glass splinters. Crushed and overcrowded.
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.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
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Object reference number: YCA70221
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