Sycomore fig wood box with a lid; painted vertical stripes on the exterior.
[Most likely a form of canopic box, based on parallels from TT99 NCS 15/6/05]
- Found/Acquired: Egypt
- Height: 54.5 centimetres
- Depth: 31.3 centimetres
- Width: 27.2 centimetres
- Weight: 7.3 kilograms
Inscription Transliterationwsir ḥm-nṯr mnṯw nb wʒst /// tʒ-'nx ///
Inscription TranslationThe Osiris, priest of Montju lord of Thebes, /// Ta-ankh ///
30 November 1993
Clean; relay lifting applied surfaces; consolidate; repair mount.
Surface, very dusty; applied surfaces lifting; old make-up fragmentary and friable; old exterior mount damaged by soft rot and woodboring insects; the wooden interior mount in good condition and supporting the weakened fabric of the artifact very efficiently.
Complete object cleaned with a soft brush, using a vacuum cleaner to remove disturbed dust. Ingrained dirt removed by rolling cotton wool swabs moistened in 0.5% Synperonic N (non ionic detergent,nonylphenol ethylene oxide condensate) over the surface. Friable pigmented areas and decayed wood consolidated with three applications of 1% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in 50/50 IMS and Acetone. Lifting gesso and pigment relaid in the following manner: White Spirit was applied as a wetting agent to the immediate area that required relaying. 6% Vinamul 3252 Vinyl Acetate, Ethelyne copolymer in distilled water was applied to the damaged interface edges using a fine sable brush. Surplus adhesive then removed with a Kleenex tissue followed by gentle rolling across the treated surface of a cotton wool bud moistened in Acetone. Having secured damaged and vulnerable areas the shrine was returned to Egyptian Antiquities for replacement of the deteriorated exterior base with a similar replacement. On return of the Shrine old interior backing patches consisting of textile impregnated with animal glue were removed. Where original wood had completely dissappeared, owing to the action of both soft rot and wood boring insects, strips of Polyflexol (polyester,glass fibre) were applied and allowed to set. A fill of glass microballoons in 4% Klucel G (hydroxypropyl cellulose) in IMS was introduced over the Polyflexol (Polyester, glass fibre) to simulate the texture of the surrounding wood. The same fill was used to strengthen smaller splits in the shrine. Powder pigments in Rowney Acrylic medium were applied to touch in all filler.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
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Object reference number: YCA54793
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