ANALYTICAL STUDY AND CONSERVATION PROCESSES OF TUTANKHAMEN DECORATED STICK: A CASE STUDYWritten by Medhat Abdallah, Ahmed Abdrabou, Hussein M. Kamal
The stick studied here dates back to the new kingdom, 18th dynasty, King Tutankhamen (1337-1347 B.C). More than 130 sticks and staves were founded in the tomb of Tutankhamen; many of the forms were clearly for ritual while others showed signs of use. Here we will will shed light on one of the ritual stick, where materials of decoration and conservation processes were investigated. Visual assessment, Optical Microscopy (OM), X-ray fluorescence (XRF), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) were used in this study to elucidate the components of the stick, deterioration aspects and identify the previous conservation materials. Conservation processes entailed cleaning, removal of improper previous conservation material and filling gaps and voids.