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.
A conservator uses a microscope to obtain an extremely detailed view of the surface.
The position of nails and clamps inside a statue, which hold it together, is checked using X-rays.
Conservators are able to determine ways to preserve paper by identifying the type of fibers with the use of a microscope.
The sketch lines and the condition of the surface can be checked using ultraviolet light and infrared light.
|Painting under normal light "Commodore Matthew Perry"
Painting under ultra-violet light
The areas covered with varnish appear as blue, and the unevenly painted areas are also distinguishable.
Constituent element analysis provides insight into pigment types.