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Thick paint-brush made from fine fibres of vegetal material (not identified) held together by twists of a thin rope (also of vegetal material). The brush end is stained with red pigment.
- Found/Acquired: Deir el-Bahri
- (Africa,Egypt,Upper Egypt,Deir el-Bahri (Thebes))
- Width: 4.2 centimetres
- Length: 10.5 centimetres
For a range of brushes from Deir el-Medina, including forms similar to EA 41186, see Les artistes de pharaon (exhibition catalogue, Paris, 2002), 201 
The brush comes from Naville's excavations in the 11th dynasty temple at Deir el-Bahri, during which much later material (particularly of New Kingdom date, but also as late as the 8th century AD) was recovered. See Naville, The XIth dynasty temple at Deir el-Bahari, Part III (London, 1913), 18-19.
23 December 2008
Reason for treatment
Light clean before installation
The fibres are friable and the brush is slightly dusty.
The brush was cleaned with a low suction vacuum cleaner and a soft brush.The consolidation of the fibres was discussed but it was decided that this would effect the look of the brush detrimentally. The brush will be handled minimally and a handling board or tray will be used to move and examine the brush.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
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Object reference number: YCA14394
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