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    Mummified baboon; linen wrappings.

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    Treatment date

    9 December 1998

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Clean. Realign and secure linen bandage. Consolidate sandy soil on linen surface from burial.


    Dusty and dirty. Linen bandage torn and unravelling in many areas.

    Treatment details

    Dust removed using brush and vacuum suction. Linen bandage re-aligned and secured where possible using 20%(w/v)Klucel G (hydroxypropyl cellulose) in Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) applied to small pieces of Japanese tissue (pre-tinted using Rowney's Cryla colours (acrylic)).

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    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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Mummified baboon; linen wrappings.

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