Fragment of linen cloth; embroidered pattern in undyed thread on blue ground.
- Excavated/Findspot: Saqqara
- (Africa,Egypt,Lower Egypt,Saqqara (Memphis))
- Length: 10 centimetres
- Width: 6 centimetres
31 May 2011
Reason for treatment
Photograph.Surface cleanHumidifyPlace in Melinex sleeve.
Small woven fragment with a blue ground, and cream decoration woven with supplementary wefts. There are two finished edges on the fragment, and two raw edges. Both the blue and cream fibres are wool (?), with an S-twist. There are two ‘stitching’ threads attached to the object and these are linen (?), with a Z-twist.Thread count of the blue ground weave (taken in a 20mm/20mm square, due to size restrictions of the fragment): 9 warps/13 wefts. Condition ReportThere is patchy soiling and discolouration on the fragment. The object is slightly crumpled all-over with one sharply folded corner. Some of the decorative cream weft threads are slightly crumpled so that they do not lie flat in places. The two raw edges on the fragment are fraying. There are two incorrect registration numbers which have been written or printed, at some point in the past, directly onto the object; one reads ‘37112’, the other ’21 3 14 14-3’.Work undertaken by Charlotte Gamper, Textile Conservation Intern, Glasgow University, May 2011
Firstly, the fragment was lightly surface cleaned, to remove loose fibres and soiling. This was carried out using a Museum Vac on a low-setting with fine nylon net placed over the nozzle. Loose fibres and soiling where then placed inside a labelled plastic bag, to be kept with the object.The sharply folded corner was then relaxed, so that the fibres were not put under stress when the object is placed inside a Melinex (polyester) sleeve for storage. This was carried out using contact humidification. Directly on top of the folded corner on the object, was placed a layer of Goretex (polytetrafluoro ethylene,polyester laminate). Then on top of this, was placed a smaller layer of calico cotton fabric, pre-dampened with de-ionised water. A sheet of thin Melinex was then put over the top, to contain the moisture, and weighted at the sides, away from the object. Once the fibres became softened with moisture the creasing was gently flattened using a spatula. After one hour and ten minutes of treatment the creasing was sufficiently relaxed. The damp cotton and Goretex were removed, leaving the layer of thin Melinex over the object, to weight it during drying, to ensure that the crease did not reform.As the textile has two wrong numbers written on it, a cotton tape label was attached using fine silk thread with the correct number on.A Melinex sleeve (260mm/280mm) was made for the object, consisting of an inner sleeve and an outer sleeve. And the object was placed inside this, along with a label with the object number on, and the plastic bag with loose fibres/soiling from surface cleaning. Work carried out by Charlotte Gamper, Textile Conservation Intern, Glasgow University, May 2011
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
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Object reference number: YCA65298
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