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Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Indian Painting

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This month a new group of paintings is on display in the Indian gallery.  One painting had evidence on the back of having been mounted in at least three different mats:  Japanese paper hinges, (the museum’s most often used mounting method,) gummed linen tape hinges, and flattened balls of sticky, blue-green, putty-like adhesive.  Much older glue and paper along the reverse top edge was probably attached long before the painting made its way to the United States.  The modern tapes and adhesives were removed, and the painting was put in a new acid-free, rag mat with new hinges of lightweight Japanese paper.  This colorful painting can be viewed in Gallery 143.