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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Inspired by the Art in Bloom arrangements throughout the galleries last week, our paper conservator shares an imaginative interpretation of a plant by the artist Maybelle Richardson Stamper.  The color lithograph, Plant and Head, was in the lab to have…

Ghost Tour

I don’t actually believe in ghosts. But for some reason that doesn’t stop me from loving ghost stories. I’m one of those people who look forward to October as a month-long celebration of the dark and macabre. I even figured…

cons. FB CO mummy (002)

This week textile conservation made a “bedtime blanket” for the mummy on display in the new Antiquities and Classical Art gallery.  How do you tuck a mummy in for bed? And why? He doesn’t require a bedtime story or a…