Some Christian Rylands papyri will be on display at the British Museum for the exhibit Egypt: Faith after the Pharaohs. Read what our conservation department has done in view of the event.
Tim Higson, Collection Care team leader writes:
The Collection Care Department have been preparing a number of items being loaned to the British Museum as part of their Egypt: Faith after the Pharaohs exhibition, which opens in October 2015.
One of the items to be loaned is Greek Papyrus 6, a Christian theological text, which is considered to be the oldest copy in existence of the Nicene Creed.
The papyrus fragment, which measures 124mm x 125mm, was housed within a glass frame along with another fragment of Greek papyrus (Greek P 7).
The decision was taken to re-mount the two items individually.
When Greek P 6 was carefully removed from its glass frame, a salt deposit, on the inner surface of the glass was evident, which had been partially obscuring the view of the fragment and text.
Salt deposit visible where the document was originally mounted
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