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|French to English translations [PRO]|
Art/Literary - Archaeology / ancient art
|French term or phrase: lais longitudinaux|
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DOC: 1907 Museum catalog of ancient Egyptian mirrors. Catalog entry.
CONTEXT: 44102. Moule gabarit pour manche de miroir ou écrin de miroir. - Bois. [....] Cet objet est une tablette d'acacia faite de deux ***lais longitudinaux*** assemblés à la colle. On y a gravé ou sculpté en creux dans la moitié inférieure, un manche de miroir en forme de GLYPH, mesurant 0 m. 11 cent. de long et 0 m. 01 cent. de profondeur dans les parties les plus creuses.
SAME OBJECT, DIFFERENT SOURCES:
Upon the upper shelf is a wooden plaque (n° 936), its height is 0 m. 21 cent., its width 0 m. 129 mill. Upon its surface the shapes of the handle of a mirror and two little pans have been carefully scooped out. The wax was run into these hollows, and the moulds which were used in casting the articles in question were built up upon it.
Plaque en bois, où l'on a évidé avec soin les formes d'un manche de miroir et de deux petits godets. On y coulait de la cire sur laquelle on établissait ensuite les moules qui servaient à la fonte des objets en question.
ATTEMPT: This object is a tablet of acacia made in two longitudinal pieces?/strips? assembled with glue.
ISSUE: What the heck is "lai".
Thanks in advance for any thoughts!
|English translation:longitudinal strips|
or 'pieces', as you say.
The commoner modern spelling is 'lé', but various spellings are found (and cf. also 'laize' in the field of textiles)
It is usually applied these days to a 'width' of material (sail-making, dressmaking, etc.) or a 'strip' of wallpaper; but it can in fact be a strip of anything.
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