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[BKARTS] Deuteronomy on Gazelle Skin



Dear Mr. Leary,

What do you mean by "stumbled across" this copy?  You bought it or found
it in your library?  Is it a single page that has been framed?

If this is indeed a manuscript from the 7th Century, I would recommend
you to Sotheby's or Christie's for appraisal and Abigail Quandt at the
Watlers Art Museum in Baltimore for her expertise in conserving early
manuscripts.

Bryan L. W. Draper
Conservation Liaison
Etherington Conservation Center, Inc.
7609 Business Park Drive
Greensboro, North Carolina 27409
Toll--Free:   (877) 391- 1317
Fax:                   (336) 665-1319
Email:  bd@donetherington.com
or:        ecc@donetherington.com
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Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2002 09:54:56 -0600

From: "M. Leary" <mleary@TIU.EDU>

Subject: Restoring Gazelle Skin

Help!

I recently stumbled across a copy of Deuteronomy from the 7th century
written in ink on Gazelle skin (so the manifest says...and it seems to
be trustworthy). Unfortunately it spent some time in a picture frame
that allowed it to buckle with moisture along with several other items
it was stacked with.

Are there any unique properties that a skin of a gazelle has that I
should be aware of? There are very few stains on it, and all it really
needs is to be straightened out and have a split gently repaired. Any
help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance...

M. Leary

Bindery Supervisor

Rolfing Memorial Library

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