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  • Description

    Wooden head-rest.

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 15.5 centimetres
    • Width: 22.5 centimetres
    • Depth: 6.4 centimetres
  • Location


  • Condition

    fair - splitting

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    27 January 2003

    Treatment proposal



    Sound. Tenon joint wobbly but sound. Wood dirty.

    Treatment details

    Cleaned using Wishab (vulcanized latex sponge). Left tenon joint as received.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number


  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • BS.2533 (Birch Slip Number)
Wooden head-rest.

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