Conservation is embarking on an exciting treatment of an Egyptian painted mummy shroud. This brightly painted fragment comes from a larger piece of linen, originally used as a draping or wrapping for a mummy. During its more than two-thousand years of existence, the shroud was torn, cropped, folded, and damaged by water and previous interventions. The painted textile was not intended to be stretched and displayed vertically. However, prior to entering the museum’s collection in 1937, the fragment was sewn onto a secondary fabric support, mounted to a Masonite board, and hung glazed in a frame…much like a traditional painting!
Conservation treatment will focus on removing the original textile from its current fabric support, stabilizing the fragile, flaking paint layers, and providing a more appropriate and safe display method as well as a long-term preservation environment. All this while retaining the essential character of the object and evidence that documents its history. Stay tuned!
Posted by Rita Berg