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  • Description

    Pottery bowl, red ware, footed, one lug handle, corrugated decoration on exterior walls, base mark of twin lines of incised chevrons.

  • Date

    • 3rdC-6thC
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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 7.77 centimetres
    • Diameter: 21.5 centimetres (max)
  • Condition

    fair (previously restored and incomplete)

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    10 October 1991

    Treatment proposal

    Remove sellotape. 71773 - stick and fill. 71772 - fill and stick. 71774 - remove tape. 71775 - remove tape.


    Old adhesive disfiguring old breaks. Missing areas unsightly - may be damaged in the future.

    Treatment details

    Dismantled using acetone on cotton wool swabs. Cleaned using acetone on cotton wool swabs. Adhered using HMG cellulose nitrate. Broken edges sealed using B72 in acetone then a layer of fine surface polyfiller. Main areas filled with Super Fine casting plaster.

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    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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