Conservation of papyrus

Image["Vignette from Ramose Book of the Dead"]

Ramose holding a hieroglyph representing
air. From Spell 57 ‘for breathing air and
having power over water in the necropolis’,
Book of the Dead of Ramose

As part of the project to conserve the papyrus containing the Book of the Dead of Ramose, Renée Waltham, a specialist papyrus conservator carried out the work of investigating, cleaning and consolidating the papyrus, as well as later mounting it for permanent storage and display. She also worked with Irmtraut Munro, an Egyptologist from the Totenbuch-Projekt (Book of the Dead Project) , who led the work of recognising how the papyrus fragments fitted together.

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condition of papyrus on arrival at Fitz

removal of old repairs

cleaning and other treatments

new repairs

identifying joins

mounting

analysis and examination of materials


The Fitzwilliam Museum : Conservation of papyrus

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Passport to the Egyptian Afterlife
The Book of the Dead of Ramose

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