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Scientific investigation by technical photography, OM, ESEM, XRF, XRD and FTIR of an ancient Egyptian polychrome wooden coffin

Ahmed Abdrabou*, Medhat Abdallah, Hussein M. Kamal

Wood laboratory, Grand Egyptian Museum - Conservation Centre, Ministry of Antiquities, Giza, Egypt

* ahmed_abdrabou87@yahoo.com

Abstract

The focus of this study is to use a multi-analytical approach to map and identify the pigments used on a polychrome wooden coffin (Late Period), as well as to provide a deeper understanding of the painting techniques and the condition of the object. Moreover, the authors are significantly interested in the identification of the wood species. These were identified by observing the thin sections of samples under an optical transmission light microscope; the painted materials layered on the wood surface were analyzed by several scientific and analytical methods. Furthermore, the previous consolidation material and salts were also identified. The application of technical photography provided useful information about the spatial distribution of the surviving original pigments and the materials used in previous restoration interventions, in particular visible-induced luminescence, which played an important role to recognize spatial distribution of areas containing Egyptian blue, even if it is in traces or mixed with other pigments. However complete characterization of the pigments was only possible with the use of other techniques.

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Polychrome wooden coffin
Wood species
Technical photography
Egyptian blue

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English

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10.14568/cp2017008

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Abdrabou, A.; Abdallah, M.; Kamal, H. M., 'Scientific investigation by technical photography, OM, ESEM, XRF, XRD and FTIR of an ancient Egyptian polychrome wooden coffin', Conservar Património 26 (2017) 51-63, https://doi.org/10.14568/cp2017008.

APA:
Abdrabou, A., Abdallah, M., & Kamal, H. M. (2017). Scientific investigation by technical photography, OM, ESEM, XRF, XRD and FTIR of an ancient Egyptian polychrome wooden coffin. Conservar Património, 26 51-63. DOI:10.14568/cp2017008.

Chicago:
Abdrabou, Ahmed, Medhat Abdallah, and Hussein M. Kamal. 2017. "Scientific investigation by technical photography, OM, ESEM, XRF, XRD and FTIR of an ancient Egyptian polychrome wooden coffin." Conservar Património 26:51-63. doi:10.14568/cp2017008.

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ABDRABOU, Ahmed [et al.] – Scientific investigation by technical photography, OM, ESEM, XRF, XRD and FTIR of an ancient Egyptian polychrome wooden coffin. Conservar Património. [Em linha]. 26 (2017) 51-63 [Consult. ]. Disponível em WWW: <URL:https://doi.org/10.14568/cp2017008>. ISSN 21829942.

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ABDRABOU, Ahmed; ABDALLAH, Medhat; KAMAL, Hussein M.. Scientific investigation by technical photography, OM, ESEM, XRF, XRD and FTIR of an ancient Egyptian polychrome wooden coffin. Conservar Património, Lisboa, v. 26, p. 51-63, 2017. Disponível em: <https://doi.org/10.14568/cp2017008>. Acesso em: .

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Received: 2017-2-18
Revised: 2017-3-29
Accepted: 2017-4-25
Online: 2017-5-8

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