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mummy-wrapping / animal mummy

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA6773

  • Description

    Mummified bullock; linen wrappings(geometric pattern on chest); false eyes.

  • Culture/period

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 45.7 centimetres
    • Length: 73.7 centimetres
  • Location

    G62/28

  • Condition

    good

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    5 May 1999

    Treatment proposal

    Secure loose bandaging. Clean. Re-position loose horn.

    Condition

    Generally dusty. One horn loose and dangling. Linen wrappings fragile and fragmentary in places.

    Treatment details

    Loose dirt removed from surface using a soft brush and low powered vacuum cleaner fitted with a flexible rubber hose. Backed loose bandaging with an insert of Japanese kozo (mulberry fibre) paper tissue which had been moistened with 20% Klucel G (hydroxypropyl cellulose) in Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol). The paper had been previously dyed to a matching colour with Solophenyl (azo dye). Pressed into position to dry flat.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1821

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA6773

  • Registration number

    .6773

  • Additional IDs

    • BS.6773 (Birch Slip Number)

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