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Updated: 14 April 2015
Fragment of a polychrome tomb-painting representing Nebamun seated (probably associated with the goose census scene from the same tomb) with remains of five vertical registers of polychrome-painted hieroglyphs.
- 1350BC (circa)
- Excavated/Findspot: Tomb of Nebamun
- (Africa,Egypt,Upper Egypt,Tomb of Nebamun (Thebes))
- Length: 73 centimetres
- Width: 54 centimetres
- Height: 67.5 centimetres (painting only)
Inscription CommentRemains of five vertical registers of polychrome-painted hieroglyphs.
PM I Part 2, p. 817;
N. Strudwick, Masterpieces of Ancient Egypt, London 2006, pp. 174-5.
Full publication: R. Parkinson, The Painted Tomb-Chapel of Nebamun: Masterpieces of Ancient Egyptian Art in the British Museum (London: British Museum Press 2008).
A. Middleton and K. Uprichard (ed.), The Nebamun Wall paintings: Conservation, Scientific Analysis and Display at the British Museum (London: Archetype 2008).
9 September 2005
Reason for treatment
Extensively survey and document previous history and condition of the object.Consolidate as necessary.Remount.
Loose paint flakes fragile intonacco and arricio, old plaster of paris mount, discoloroud intonacco around surface edge, paint losses
The object was thoroughly examined under a microscope. Observations on ancient painterly techniques, past treatments and present treatments were recorded individually as technical information record on hard copy (see envelope for detailed information). A photoshop file detailing the objects condition, observations on painterly technique, past and most current treatment is also available on memory stick.The object was lightly cleaned with a low suction vacuum cleaner. Where possible the discoloured older coating was removed by swelling with Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) and mechanically removing it.Loose paint flakes were consolidated with 12% w/v Primal B60A (acrylic) in deionized water over a layer of Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) used as wetting agent. Powdery areas of intonacco were consolidated with several applications of 1.5% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone)/Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol)(1:1). Fragile areas of arricio collar were consolidated with 20% Primal B60A (acrylic) sprayed on over Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) used as wetting agent.The old plaster mount of the object was removed mechanically with a minidrill. The arriccio underside was consolidated with 20% Primal B60A (acrylic) sprayed on over White Spirit (composition variable - petroleum distillate) used as wetting agent. Foaming Epoxy was used to cast a new mount. A paste of microcell glass balloons in 20% w/v Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone)/Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol)(1:1) was applied to the arricio underside and collar to act as an interface between it and the new foaming epoxy resin mount enabling future reversibility. The new mount collar was set back from the edge of the arricio by approximately 5mm.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
- EA173 (original Big Number)
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Object reference number: YCA55433
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