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  • Description

    Two pieces of limestone relief; geometric design; slightly convex face.

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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 63 centimetres (larger)
    • Length: 18 centimetres (smaller)
  • Condition

    fair - broken in two - 2 (25)

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    5 November 2013

    Treatment proposal

    Potentially reattach two parts. Light clean, improve and secure old fill/break edges. There are pigment remains, red/orange/ green pigments.


    The object is at present broken into two sections. The proper right section (1/5 of the total length of object) is the smaller of the two and is significantley lighter in weight. Therefore when it is reattached (agreed by curator) there will be no need to drill dowel holes in each break edge in order to dowel the object.

    Treatment details

    The two sections of the object were reattached using HMG Paraloid B72 (methyl ethyl methacrlylate) and supported on the underside with selcon (breeze block) fragments, then an applied base pad of Polyfilla interior (calcium sulphate hydrate,cellulose ether) was placed and carved back when dried which provides the extra structual. The fill was retouch painted using acrylic paints.

    The surface of the stone was cleaned using Wishab sponge (vulcanized latex,filler) to remove any loose particles of dirt. The areas of previous plaster surface fills had weakened over time and looked unsightly. The old fills were removed mechanically and replaced using Polyfilla interior filler. The areas were retouched using acrylic paints.

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  • Acquisition notes

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

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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