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Progress of the work: April 2005

 

Modern cartonnage being x-rayed

   

We are continuing to examine the cartonnage mummy cases. To help us with this, we have borrowed a modern mummy case which was made recently at the British Museum, where they have been doing some experiments to find out how these objects were made and the materials used. By x-radiographing the modern cartonnage we can see how the material appears on the x-ray plates, and how the different parts appear. This will help us to understand better the results of x-raying the ancient cartonnage.

 

The modern cartonnage has been brought to the museum by Dr John Taylor of the British Museum. He has come to look more closely at the cartonnage case of Hor (E.8.1896) which was found by Quibell in the Ramesseum in 1896. Hor's case is almost complete, but the face is missing and some parts of the cartonnage are damaged. Some of the gaps have been filled in with a blue-green paint by someone in the past.

The cartonnage is decorated with scenes from the underworld books, which can be seen on the walls of the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings at Luxor; the colour scheme is quite unusual too.

    John Taylor examining the cartonnage case of Hor

The face area of the cartonnage case of Hor

    Part of the side of the cartonnage case of Hor

 

Meet the Antiquities session with Christina Rozeik (Antiquities Department)

   

During Half Term, we have arranged some sessions of 'Meet the Antiquities', which give the public a chance to see close up objects from the collection and to ask questions about them. Members of our Friends Volunteers group help with this, sitting at a table in our Cyprus gallery. On this occasion members of the Antiquities Department are helping too.

 

Our Friends Volunteers have become very knowledgeable about the objects in question (Egyptian shabti figures and Greek ceramics).

If you missed the sessions this month, you may like to know that more will be held during the summer holidays.

    Meet the Antiquities session with Rosemary Baines (Friends Volunteer)

 

 

A trial mount for supporting the objects belonging to Nakhtefmut    

Meanwhile, decisions need to be taken about how to display the objects found with the coffin of Nakhtefmut. These were all discovered together in a group and so they need to be display as nearly as possible in the same way. Our conservation intern, Christina Rozeik, has been working on trial arrangements of the objects to see what would be the best way of achieving this.

The picture to the left shows a trial she has done using photographs of the objects which were found on Nakhtefmut's body. For each one she has made a depression of the right shape in the backing card, which can then be covered with suitable material.

On the right you can see the trial mount to support the small bunch of flowers which was found with the burial. Christina has used some small pieces of foliage to experiment with ways of holding them in place without damaging them. The mount has been covered with unbleached linen, which has been stitched in place using nylon thread.

Detail of the trial mount for Nakhtefmut's flowers

    A trial mount for Nakhtefmut's flowers