Fragment of limestone bearing a painted representation of a stack of bricks being fired.
- Excavated/Findspot: Deir el-Bersha, tomb 2
- (Africa,Egypt,Middle Egypt,Deir el-Bersha)
- Height: 13.6 centimetres
- Width: 14.2 centimetres
25 June 2004
Reason for treatment
Clean. Local consolidation. Dry mount.
This fragment is one of 8 peices from a larger wall painting. Conservation treatment is required in preperation for photography. Structually all 8 fragments are sound. The condition of the painted surface is variable. Across all the fragment there are areas of what apears to be water or condensation damage. Here the pigments are more friable and discoloured. Generally the white pigment is sound; Red and Yellow pigment is particually friable; the condition of the black pigment is generally sound, however it is slightly friable in the areas of water damage.
First the dust layer was removed from the surface using vacuum tweezers, a soft brush was also used where the pigments were sound. Areas of friable pigments were consolidated with 2% Mowital B30H (polyvinyl butyral) in Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol). PVB was chosen for its ability to consolidate light colours without darkening them. The fragments where then cleaned further under magnification using cotton swabs dampened very slightly with deionised water.Due to the differing depths of the fragments the objects where placed in a sand tray for mounting. The underside of the fragments where first placed in acid free tissue jackets, to prevent direct contact with the stone, then a Plastazote (polyethylene) stensile was made to cover the sand mount.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
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Object reference number: YCA58907
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