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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA18221

  • Description

    Fragment of an undyed linen plain weave on which a square of tapestry has been applied and sewn (11x11cm); centre of the square is decorated by stylised lion orientated to the left, with dark blue fur and beige details; the lion is surrounded with a freize of vine leaves in vegetal medallions and the square is framed with a freize of triangles; plain weave: warp-undyed linen (S/18), weft-undyed linen (S/18); tapestry on paired threads: warp-undyed linen (S/10), weft-undyed linen (S), dark blue wool (S/81); sewing in undyed linen (S spun Z ply); some flying-threads in undyed linen (S); all edges cut and ragged

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 27 centimetres
    • Width: 19 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    stored in black box

  • Condition

    A

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    7 June 1999

    Reason for treatment

    Storage

    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.

    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. Second phase of conservation - prepare 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 using PVA adhesive. Textile fragment pinned in position on board and secured by stitching with silk thread. Housed in custom made archival box.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1887

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA18221

  • Registration number

    1887,0402.109

Rectangle of linen with attached bichrome tapestry square: central lion and border of vine-leaves.

Rectangle of linen with attached bichrome tapestry square: central lion and border of vine-leaves.

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