Limestone ostracon, now decomposed, with remains of one line of roughly black-painted hieratic text and some disassociated characters, a number of small flakes are stored separately.
- Found/Acquired: Egypt
- Height: 10.9 centimetres (max)
- Length: 15.2 centimetres (max)
Inscription CommentRemains of one line of roughly black-painted hieratic text and some disassociated characters.
19 March 1986
Extensive lamination. Bedding planes parallel to painted surface. Edges of laminations are very fragile. Many of the laminations are tenuously attached and there are gaps between the laminations and the substrate. Detached fragments. One the lid of the cardboard box in which the object was stored is written: "treated Nylon March '60".
Surface treated with polyvinyl butyral, 2.5% in IMS, in order to strengthen the edges of the laminations. Treatment applied with a pipette. Effective. Gaps were filled with a mixture of acrylic-silane resin, Racanello E55050 and finely ground Caen Stone and York Stone. Consistency used depended on the size of gaps to be filled: small fissures were filled with a thin slurry, fed in by pipette. Larger gaps were filled with a stiff paste, applied with a spatula. Effective. Detached fragments which could be located were readhered using Paraloid B72, 20% in toluene, applied with a pipette. Minor fragments which could not be located were placed in a small polyethylene bag for storage. Effective.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
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Object reference number: YCA58147
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