by Kelly Rectenwald, Associate Objects Conservator
The treatment on our Jain Shrine is (finally!) nearing completion! When we first posted about this project well over a year ago, we knew it would be a lengthy treatment, due not only to the large size of the object, but also its complex condition issues. We are now working on the coating removal and repair of the final pieces and are just a few short months away from the gallery installation.
In these photos we share a carved flower detail from one of the last few pieces before and after coating removal. Without the degraded and dirty coating, the color and painted details on the flower really come through. Look for the after-treatment debut of this piece—with all its beautifully painted designs and gilt details now visible—in the Anu and Shekhar Mitra Gallery of South Asian Art.
Stay tuned for more info about the reinstallation of the Jain Shrine—specific date to be announced.
Devotional Shrine Used in a Jain Household (ghar derasar, before), 1700–1899, India, Gujarat, carved wood painted and gilded, The William T. and Louise Taft Semple Collection, 1962.459
Devotional Shrine Used in a Jain Household (ghar derasar, after), 1700–1899, India, Gujarat, carved wood painted and gilded, The William T. and Louise Taft Semple Collection, 1962.459