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tunic / textile / ornament

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA20444

  • Description

    Plain weave textile fragment from neck-area of undyed linen tunic. Attached to this, as part of a separately woven tapestry ornament (poorly preserved), is a clavus or shoulder band in coloured wool.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 9thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 12 centimetres (tunic)
    • Width: 17.5 centimetres (tunic)
    • Length: 5.5 centimetres (ornament)
    • Width: 10.5 centimetres (ornament)
  • Curator's comments

    Information from Hero Granger-Taylor 1994.

  • Condition

    poor (incomplete and coloured decoration lost)

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

    Treatment date

    31 July 1985

    Treatment proposal

    Dismount, clean, straighten and remount separately.

    Condition

    Linen is stuck to mount. Dirty in places. Adhesive remains on back. In need of rebacking for mounting.

    Treatment details

    Carefully eased object off the mount. Washed in tray using washing solution (Synperonic N, cmc, polyphosphate). Rinsed in deionised water. Brushed adhesive areas to remove old starch paste. Melineu was used to support textile. Pinned out to dry.Couched down onto a dyed piece of calico. Making sure all loose threads are supported using 1ply silk thread. Whipped edges of calico ans sewed numbering label to corner.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1886

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA20444

  • Registration number

    1886,1009.420

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