Two fragments of undyed linen cloth, both with blue multiple bands formed by sewing two selvedges together.
- Found/Acquired: Egypt
- Length: 25 centimetres
- Width: 11 centimetres
3 February 2012
Reason for treatment
PhotographSurface cleanHumidifyMelinex sleeve x 2,quarter size (discussed with ET)
Crumpled and creased throughout, though none of the creasing is severe. Frayed raw edges and folding over at the edges of the fragments. General light soiling throughout.The smaller of the two fragments is slightly darker in colour. Reverse. The larger fragment has a brown stain on one side opposite the fringe. This is due to an adheared label on the obverse. There are also 3 areas of loss. Evidence of past insect activity from 5 areas of insect casing and webbing.Obverse. The large fragment has two adheared labels. One is yellow with 6574 d written on it. The other is brown with 37132 written on it. There is evidence of colour change approximately 120mm from the left facing edge for approximately 30-40mm, also at the right facing edge for approximatly 40mm possibly due to light damage. There is a black/brown stain on the top section approximatly 70mm from the fringe and a smaller area of stainig round the beige label.
Surface cleaned to remove soiling, insect casing and webbing. The insect casing was very sticky and hard to remove so tweezers as well as brushes and low powered vacuum suction were used.Humidified. The fragments were humidified using a damp layer of cotton; a layer of Goretex (polytetrafluoro ethylene,polyester laminate) the fragment and a layer of polythene to cover the fragments. Curtain weights were put round the edge of the polythene to trap the moisture and create a humid environment. The fragments responded well to the humidification and the creasing began to soften after 20 minutes. After an hour the fragments were removed from the humidification set up. The labels had softened during humidification and due to the damage there were causing to the fragment with staining and deterioration of the fibres it was decided to remove them at this point. They were easily removed and retained with the object for future reference. The reference numbers were written onto cotton tape and stitched to the individual fragments. Two melinex (polyester) sleeves were made and the fragments were put into one sleeve each.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
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Object reference number: YCA65297
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