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Technical and Analytical Study of One of Tutankhamen’s Inlaid Walking Sticks

Eman Nabil, Naglaa Mahmoud, Shaaban Abdelaal


This paper describes the techniques and deterioration of a walking stick from the tomb of Tutankhamen (Carter no. 135e) by examining and analyzing its various decorative layers. Several scientific and analytical methods were applied. A visual assessment was done to understand aspects of its deterioration, which were then scientifically analyzed through means of infrared photography, polarized microscopy, environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Identification was undertaken to identify wood, resin layer, binding medium, and previous restoration materials.

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