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    Fragment of undyed linen, plain weave; the upper has a band of tapestry depicting, on a red background, two stylised lions, yellow/green and orange/yellow, outlined in dark blue; inbetween the lions are stylised vegetal ornaments in green, yellow, red and blue and outlined in dark blue, made of two branches with leaves; above the leaves are 3 geometric motifs; a similar tree was one the right of the band but is now mainly missing; above and below the band are two similar decorations in brocade (linen and pink and blue wool), these have the shape of a clavus with finials and at the end a white lozenge with a blue centre; the main part of the two decorations is zig-zag in undyed linen with triangular motifs in pink and blue wool; 1.8cm under the lower clavus are 3 lines of supplementary weft in undyed linen; one border is preserved at the lower part of the textile, with small fringes, probably cut, c. 3mm long; 1.5cm above the fringes is a line of 2 picks of supplementary linen weft; three other edges are cut and ragged; plain weave: warp-undyed linen (S/12), weft-undyed linen (S/12); tapestry on paired threads: warp-undyed linen (S/8), weft-undyed linen (S), yellow, orange, red, light green, green, dark blue and pink wool (S/red is 38); brocade: undyed linen (S/triple/over 3 and under 1 warp threads), pink and blue wool (S/triple/over 3 and under 1warp threads)


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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 30 centimetres
    • Width: 39.5 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    stored in black box

  • Bibliography

    • Budge 1922 p.227 (Table case H, no. 9) bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition


  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    7 June 1999

    Reason for treatment


    Treatment proposal

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


    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. Second phase of conservation - preparation for visual storage in Study Centre. Stitched to padded board. Board made from cross-plied Correx, covered with cotton domette and dyed cotton calico fabric, adhered to the back with PVA adhesive. Textile fragment pinned in position on board and secured with stitching in silk thread. Housed in custom made archival box.

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    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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Linen cloth; polychrome tapestry band of two lions and one tree on red ground; blue and red decorative border on either side.


Linen cloth; polychrome tapestry band of two lions and one tree on red ground; blue and red decorative border on either side.

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