- Previous 0/8478
- Found/Acquired: Egypt
- Height: 6 centimetres
- Width: 9.5 centimetres
Inscription Positionone side
Inscription CommentPainted. 9 lines
poor (destroyed by salt)
9 November 2005
Object fragile/ flaky/ crumbling, detached fragments. Heavilly salt damaged. Small fragments are being pushed off from surface, script is being disturbed, as yet still reaonably well preserved.
Removed salt crystals mechanically as far as feasible (brushes, tweezers).Consolidated object using a variety of concentrations of Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone), applied by pipette. Desalinated object by immersion in distilled water. Numerous changes of water until no significant rise of conductivity took place in freshly changed dist. water over a period of several hours (this occurred after ca one week). Left object to dry. Flakes originally held in position by salt pillars were now still being held in position by the empty PB72 shells that had formed around the salt crystals during consolidation. Carefully warmed the object with a hair dryer to a temperature just above PB72's glass transition temperature. Then, very carefully applied gentle pressure to flakes and pushed them back into their original position as far as possible. Reinforced adhesion between flakes and rest of object by introducing PB72 in various concentration in acetone by micropipette as necessary. Reattached detached fragments using HMG Paraloid B72 (methyl ethyl methacrlylate). Filled gaps with paste made from PB72, glassmicrospheres and acetone.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
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Object reference number: YCA8384
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