seal-impression / label
Clay label; a bublous lump of clay was shaped around the knot in a piece of string probably attached to goods being sent or stored; a cylinder seal was rolled over it three times from end to end; the design shows two bulls back to back and a lion approaching one of them from the right; pierced.
- Excavated/Findspot: Kouyunjik, H.17.
- (Asia,Iraq,North Iraq,Kouyunjik (Nineveh))
- Height: 2 centimetres (impression)
- Length: 6 centimetres (impression)
- Width: 2 inches (impression)
23 September 2009
Examine whitish deposits
Loose laminating fragments. White satls, very powdery.
Examined under a microscope, mechanically removed salts with a sharp scalpel and soft brush. Some residues remain. Consolidated loose areas with 5-20% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in 50:50 Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone): Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol), applied with a glass micro-pipette. Removed excess adhesive with Acetone applied on a soft brush and a watchmaker's puffer to reduce the staining of the consolidant. Reapplied consolidant several times until the loose areas were stable.
Excavation season 1929-1930.
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Object reference number: WCO24735
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