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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Fragment of a polychrome tomb-painting representing funerary offerings and with four vertical registers of polychrome painted hieroglyphs surviving.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1350BC (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 104.2 centimetres
    • Width: 61 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Comment

        Remains of four vertical registers of polychrome-painted hieroglyphs.
  • Curator's comments

    PM I Part 2, p. 817.
    Full publication: R. Parkinson, The Painted Tomb-Chapel of Nebamun: Masterpieces of Ancient Egyptian Art in the British Museum (London: British Museum Press 2008).
    A. Middleton and K. Uprichard (ed.), The Nebamun Wall paintings: Conservation, Scientific Analysis and Display at the British Museum (London: Archetype 2008).


  • Location

    On display: G61/dc2/sE

  • Condition

    good (incomplete)

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

    Treatment date

    18 November 2006

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Document and examine the surface, previous treatments and ancient painterly techniques.

    Stabilise the surface and prepare for display.


    Loose paint flakes fragile intonacco and arricio, old plaster of paris mount, discoloured intonacco around surface edge, paint losses

    Treatment details

    The object was thoroughly examined under a microscope. Observations on ancient painterly techniques, past treatments and present treatments were recorded individually as technical information record on hard copy (see envelope for detailed information). A photoshop file detailing the objects condition, observations on painterly technique, past and most current treatment is also available on memory stick.

    The object was lightly dry cleaned with low suction vaccuum cleaner.

    Loose paint flakes were consoilidated with 12% w/v Primal B60A (acrylic) in deionized water over a layer of Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) used as wetting agent. Powdery areas of intonacco were consolidated with several applications of 1.5% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone)/Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol)(1:1). Fragile areas of arricio were consolidated with 20% Primal B60A (acrylic) sprayed on over Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) used as wetting agent.

    The collar of the old plaster mount of the object was removed mechanically with a minidrill. Araldite CW2215 (foamed epoxy) foaming epoxy resin was used to cast the new replacement collar. A paste of microcell glass balloons in 20% w/v Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone)/Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol)(1:1) was applied to the arricio edge undrneath the new collar to act as an interfacee between it and the new foaming epoxy resin mount enabling future reversibility. The new mount collar was set back from the edge of the arricio by approximately 5mm.

    About these records 

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number


  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • ES.180


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