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Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Cleaning Up the Jain Shrine—Work Continues!

by Kelly Rectenwald, Associate Objects Conservator


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This week in objects conservation, we are working on the Jain Shrine to be installed in the Anu and Shekhar Mitra Gallery of South Asian Art. 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. The photographs displayed here show our team removing coating on an area of a central beam. You can see a defined line where, on the left, the degraded coating has been removed, and on the right, the coating is still intact. It’s quite a transformation! You can learn about the coating removal process in our previous blog post here. You can also check out the video in our newly renovated South Asian gallery to learn even more about the history and conservation treatment of this Jain Shrine.