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Monday
Nov202017

Conservation of Daoist scrolls on display

The conservation department at the Fowler Museum at UCLA was highlighted in the current exhibition "How to Make the Universe Right: The Art of Priests and Shamans from Vietnam and Southern China".  We have a dispaly case that shows a scroll before conservation, 2 complete hanging scrolls with extensive treatment and materials used in the preservation of polychrome paper based works.  The case contains examples from over 160 scrolls and paper masks in the exhibition that were part of major donation to the museum.  This was a massive conservation effort requiring all of the department's attention from October 2016 unitl the opening in July 2017.  An assistant and I gave a walkthough lecture illustrating these and other treatment examples in October 2017.

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