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  • Description

    Tunic; linen and wool fragments; the larger piece decorated with two parallel panels containing tapestry woven geometrical designs and medallions, one of which contains a figure holding a trident; all woven in black and brown.

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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 78 centimetres (larger fragment)
    • Width: 38.5 centimetres (larger fragment)
    • Length: 43 centimetres (smaller fragment)
    • Width: 39.5 centimetres (smaller fragment)
  • Condition


  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    29 January 2008

    Treatment proposal

    Remove from sticky net, which is sticking to current Correx support board. Support on fabric covered board. Investigate need for box and space.


    The large fragment is in a poor condition overall. The edges are fraying and extremely vulnerable. It has previously been adhered to net coated with adhesive. The net is sticking to the Correx board on which it is lying.

    Treatment details

    The sticky net was carefully separated from the Correx (polypropylene/polyethylene copolymer,coorugated sheet) board using a large palette knife. As the textile is for storage it was decided not to remove the textile from the net as it is firmly stuck and itself in a poor condition.

    A board was amde from two sheets of Correx, sealed at the edges with gummed linen tape. A margin of Vinamul 3252 (vinyl acetate,ethylene copolymer) diluted 50/50 with water was painted onto the reverse side of the board and allowed to dry. A piece of thin cotton domette was stretched around the front of the board and heat sealed to the adhesive on the reverse. A sheet of scoured unbleached cotton calico was then stretched over the top and heatsealed to the reverse. The edges were sealed with gummed linen tape and the textile number written on the reverse.

    The textile was placed on the board.

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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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