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Remedial Conservation

Preserving Our Cultural Properties

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Our mission is to preserve the Tokyo National Museum collection which houses approximately 110,000 items of cultural properties. Preservation of cultural property involves balancing public access with conservation needs.

This requires a comprehensive approach which entails the precise application of preventive and remedial conservation in accordance with our long-term vision. We practice primary care as a comprehensive approach through regular clinical diagnosis, preventive measure and remedial treatment for cultural properties based on various experiences accumulated over the years and through latest research results.

 

Entire Flow

Ageing and Degradation
Practical Research and Examination
Preventive Conservation
Remedial Conservation
Continuing to Make Progress

 

Remedial Conservation

Treatment of items is conducted by taking the materials and damage into account and focusing on the objects' original form. The treatment can vary from daily care to full-scale, which may include disassembling the object. This is known as curative conservation.
Preventing Paint from Peeling
Preventing Paint from Peeling
During a procedure to prevent old paint from peeling, the paint is fixed with an adhesive.
Disassembly
Disassembly
This sculpture is disassembled for cleaning and to check for looseness.
Cleaning
Cleaning
The stains on the womanfs face are the remnants of mold. It is necessary to remove the damaging remnants left by the mold.

Strengthening and Filling

After being eaten by insects, the missing areas of the paper are filled with the same type of paper and strengthened.
Before treatment
Before treatment
During treatment
During treatment
After treatment
After treatment

Joining and Reconstruction

This jar was restored long ago, but it was disassembled, cleaned, and rejoined because of degradation of the restored areas. The missing areas were filled in and tinted.
Disassembly



Reassembly



The missing areas were replaced with colored fillers.  
Disassembly
Previous restorations were undone, returning it to the way it was discovered.
  Reassembly   The missing areas were replaced with colored fillers.