FB CO armor sleeve (002)

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Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Japanese Armor

In textile conservation this week, we are getting started on Japanese armor for a 2017 exhibition.  This is the top of a kote, a piece like a sleeve to protect a samurai’s arms.  It ties to the main body of…

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FB KS armor 2sized

Here is an update on the conservation of two suits of Samurai armor in the objects conservation lab. This picture is the reverse side of a kusazuri, armor pieces fixed to the bottom of the chest and back plates for…

Have you mailed you season’s greetings yet? Currently on display at the Mary R Schiff Library and Archives visitors will be treated to a selection of vintage holiday cards from the museum archives. Holiday cards have a long tradition, the…

FB SU Duv Cranach 2 sized

Our paintings conservator recently cleaned this portrait of Christopher Cranch by Frank Duveneck, removing lots and lots (and lots) of grimy soot to reveal the unfinished painting.  While the portrait was being treated, the deeply carved, gilded wood frame was…