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    Redware pottery bowl; painted cruciform design within; flat-topped rim.

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    • 4thC-6thC
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    • Height: 5.8 centimetres
    • Diameter: 14.2 centimetres
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    Treatment date

    13 August 2003

    Reason for treatment


    Treatment proposal

    Surface clean : remove bloom from inside obscuring decoration.


    Dirty surface incl a white bloom on inside of vessel about half-way up.

    Treatment details

    Dust removed with a vacuum cleaner and soft sable brush.

    The bloom removed carefully using a Wishab sponge (vulcanized latex,filler) and residues removed with the samll museum vacuum cleaner.

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    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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    • V&A.475-1891
Redware pottery bowl; painted cruciform design within; flat-topped rim.



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