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Subject: Mold on mummy

Mold on mummy

From: Vera B. Espinola <icona>
Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2001
I'm doing a collections survey in the St. Petersburg, Florida Museum
of History where an Egyptian mummy has been displayed since 1925.
The bare, resin(?) impregnated female mummy (there are remains of a
winding textile, but not in this area) lays in an open coffin
covered with a plexiglas lid.

The toes and lower legs of the mummy exhibit a white mold. The
entire gallery smells musty, although there are enclosed
administrative areas that do not. What can be done to remove the
mold and prevent a re-occurance? The museum is planning an
enlargement this summer and will replace the current environmental
controls.

Vera Espinola-Beery
Object Conservator
St. Petersburg, Florida


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