Fragment of thick undyed linen cloth.
- Excavated/Findspot: Saqqara
- (Africa,Egypt,Lower Egypt,Saqqara (Memphis))
- Length: 20 centimetres
- Width: 13.5 centimetres
28 June 2011
Reason for treatment
Photograph. Surface clean. Lie on padded board.
Object DescriptionThick fragment, of undyed linen (?) fibres. Possibly constructed in a form of weft twining on split pairs of warps (ref: Burnham, Dorothy, ‘Warp and Weft’, 1980, p. 186). At some point in the past, two adhesive labels have been stuck directly onto the fragment, one reads: ‘6651g’, and the other is just plain blue in colour. Thread count per square inch: 6 warps (a single warp consists of a pair of threads) / 29 wefts.Condition ReportThere is patchy discolouration, with ingrained and surface soiling. This is more visible on one side than the other. Lying on the surface of the object are a few tiny fragments of a different brown-coloured, fine, loosely woven, plain weave fabric, and also a few white fibres.
Treatment RecordFirstly, 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.A 260/280mm padded board was made for the object, consisting of a base of correx board, over this a layer of undyed cotton calico fabric was adhered using Vinamul. A backing of the same cotton fabric was made for the reverse and stitched in place with polyester thread using a slip stitch. The plastic bag with loose fibres, along with a fabric label with the object number written on, were stitched to the front of the padded board with polyester thread. The object was then laid in the centre of the padded board. Work carried out by Charlotte Gamper, Intern, Textile Conservation, Glasgow University, June 2011
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
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Object reference number: YCA65295
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