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 CO suction tablesized

Christmas came early for Conservation this week with the arrival of a cold-suction conservation table!  Vacuum suction is an important tool in the conservators’ repertoire as it allows us to gently but evenly hold an object flat under suction, draw…

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Tree of Life, Etz Chaim, World Tree, Cosmic Tree, Yggdrasil, Világta, Holy Tree, Ashvattha, Tree of Enlightenment – it goes by many names but the concept of a great tree that unites all living things has been a constant in…

FB KS Samurai sleevesized

This week the objects conservation lab is full of samurai armor. This suit of armor, donated to the museum in the late 1800’s, has never received conservation treatment or been on display. As a result it has years of dirt…