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  • Description

    Limestone block from an arch; relief vine scrolls.

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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 39.5 centimetres
    • Width: 15 centimetres
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  • Condition

    fair (incomplete) - 1 (0)

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    25 March 2004

    Treatment proposal

    Dust. Remove gallery paint. Remove plaster. Consolidate where necessary.


    The relief was dusty. There were areas of thick plaster on the return edges.There were some laminations in the limestone.

    Treatment details

    The relief was vacuumed and cleaned with Wishab sponge. The laminations were consolidated with gradations of Paraloid B72 in acetone/meths, up to 20%. Fillings were of microballoons in 20% paraloid B72 in acetone/meths. The fills and the gallery paint were retouched in Cryla acrylic paints.

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  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1913-1914 by Reginald Campbell Thompson on behalf of the Byzantine Research Fund.

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    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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