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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA41186

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 4.2 centimetres
    • Length: 10.5 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    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 [151]

    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.

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  • Location

    G61/3

  • Condition

    good

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    23 December 2008

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Light clean before installation

    Condition

    The fibres are friable and the brush is slightly dusty.

    Treatment details

    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.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1904

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA41186

  • Registration number

    1904,1008.286

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.

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