This week in objects conservation: We have finished coating removal and cleaning of one of the 44 pieces of our Jain Shrine!
This is an exciting milestone in the treatment as this is the result that we will aim to achieve in each of the other 43 pieces. This is the largest piece and will sit at the very top center of the shrine once it is installed. The next step in the treatment will be to fill large or particularly distracting losses that detract from the overall readability of the design. Take a look at the before and after photo to see the incredible pop of color and detail. Check out our previous post to see the coating removal process!
Before and after treatment of one part of the shrine. Jain Shrine, early 17th Century, Patan/Gujarat/India, carved wood painted and gilded, The William T. and Louise Taft Semple Collection, 1962.459