The treatment on our Jain Shrine is (finally!) nearing completion!
After removing all the old adhesive and over paint, we revealed several areas of loss to the painted scene on the glazed surface. This loss was likely caused by the same incident that damaged the foot causing the piece to break into multiple fragments.
Are you a pal of Indian textiles? Then be sure to see the palampore currently on display in the South Asian Gallery!
While cleaning and conserving our Jain shrine, we discovered several layers of paint from different periods of its history. The carved wooden designs would have been repainted several times during its use as a devotional object.
Getting beautiful objects on display is a multi-stage process that often includes a stop (or several!) in Conservation. This week we installed some new objects in the Forecourt Gallery of the museum, including this child’s dress.
We are working on conserving a new piece of the shrine—which is cleaning up very well—revealing beautiful bright red and yellow pigments underneath the coating.
Many of the carved items (such as the bow held in the hand of the figure on left side of the archway) had broken and required repairs to be carried out under a microscope.
This week in objects conservation: Almost 12 months from when we first started the treatment, half of the Jain shrine has been conserved, and a new batch of pieces has moved into the lab to begin treatment.
These large jars are in rough shape and are currently in the lab for some major repairs.
This week in objects conservation: We have finished coating removal and cleaning of one of the 44 pieces of our Jain Shrine!
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about their treatment progress and enjoy seeing them back in the galleries on your next visit!
This beaded bag from the 1920s is in the textile conservation lab for some stabilization where some of the beading threads were broken, but it presented a special challenge...
This week in objects conservation: In contrast to our very large Jain shrine, this week we are working on a very tiny shrine!
This silk chiffon scarf--part of a dress by designer Anna Jeanne Hallée designed in 1924—is undergoing conservation for significant loss and weakness where only shreds and threads remained around the central section.
This week in objects conservation: We take another look at the progress being made on our 17th C Jain Shrine.
This week in objects conservation: another large architectural object has entered the conservation lab!
This week in the objects conservation lab: A beautiful wooden cabinet inlaid with ivory and brass.
It’s getting weavy weird in the textile conservation lab this week!
This week in objects conservation, we’re doing the finishing touches to the 100+ objects being installed in our newly renovated Ancient Middle East Gallery, opening Saturday, December 18.
We’ve come a long way on the treatment of the Elizabeth Hawes flag dress! If
In the objects conservation lab this week: we have a beautiful, though heavily tarnished, 19th C silver bowl in the lab being treated before going on display next year.
It’s time for a bath in textile conservation.
In Objects Conservation: This 19th C carved wooden box is in the lab undergoing conservation before display in an upcoming reinstallation of our South Asian Art Galleries.
This summer, Michelle Leung has the amazing opportunity to intern here in textile conservation, funded through the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Catch this newly stabilized object back on display in the Islamic galleries later this year!
Woman’s folk costume, 1900-1950, Korea, glazed linen; Gift of Mrs. Charles F. Mosher, 1966.1505ab
This week in objects conservation: Anytime an object is selected for display our objects conservator assesses its condition to determine whether it is stable, or whether it needs conservation treatment before display.
These two ceramic pieces have the same condition issues we see in many ceramic objects conserved in the early to mid 20th C.
This week we have a 16th C mug decorated with ships, seas, and animals.
Precision dyeing and color-matching is an important part of textile conservation and this week, we have a dyed-to-match success to report for this silk Argentine flag from the Elizabeth Hawes Flag Dress.