Fragment of a tomb chapel inscription: a small fragment of limestone bearing a painted hieroglyphic inscription in raised relief. The text is painted in red, green, blue and black, on a yellow background. A white area to the left of the fragment is probably the remains of the kilt of the figure to which the hieroglyphs were a caption.
- Excavated/Findspot: Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 2
- (Africa,Egypt,Middle Egypt,Deir el-Bersha)
- Height: 7.4 centimetres
- Width: 11.6 centimetres
- Depth: 7.3 centimetres
Inscription CommentPainted. The group reads (right to left) 'washing the heart', an idiom for 'relief', but it is uncertain what type of scene it would have captioned.
The fragment was part of the right-hand wall of the main chamber of the painted tomb chapel of the nomarch of the Hare nome, Djehutyhotep son of Kay, which was covered with scenes of his servants' activities in house and estate. part of procession of Djehhutyhotep's attendants (see .1147).
B. Porter & R. Moss, 'Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs and Paintings' IV (Oxford: Clarendon Press),179-81;
P.E. Newberry, 'El Bersheh' I (London, 1893),
'Archaeological Survey of Egypt' 3 (London, 1894), pl. 27.6.
18 June 1999
Clean, check with designer re mount.B
The painted fragment has a darkened surface, this may be a dirt layer attached to a coating. It currently has no mount and has an irregular surface so does not stand on its own. there is a fair amount of discoloration on the stone itself.
The object was cleaned with acetone and water following trials with other solvents which did not affect the dirt. There appears to be some sort of coating which will not ome off aith standard techniques. Superficial dirt has been removed but without furhter analysis of the surface it has not been possible to remove the final dirt layer. A mount was made with Jubilee Professional Body Filler (polyester,filler) over a wick of gauze, adhered with Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) at 20% in Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone)/Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) at 50/50 %. The mount was adhered to the wick with HMG Paraloid B72 (methyl ethyl methacrlylate). The mount was painted with Rowney's Cryla colours (acrylic).
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
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Object reference number: YCA58899
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