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painting

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1999,0329,0.2

  • Description

    A painting (India ink and paint) in red and black and white of the head of a woman wearing a kind of thick hood. Signed.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1928-1930
  • Findspot

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 29 centimetres
    • Width: 20 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        lower left corner
      • Inscription Language

        Bengali
      • Inscription Content

        Sri Rabindra
  • Exhibition history

    2011 May 6th, London, BM, Tagore exhibition in Clore Centre Foyer

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    16 August 2001

    Treatment proposal

    To be mounted.

    Condition

    White self adhesive tape at corners, causing skinning of paper. Small missing areas at corners. Small hole in image, lower right area.

    Treatment details

    Applied Culminal (nonionic cellulose ether) as poultice to remove tape. Repaired skinning and infilled missing areas with Japanese paper, using Culminal (nonionic cellulose ether) adhesive. Toned repairs with Winsor and Newton artist's watercolours (organic,inorganic pigments,gum arabic). Humidified over capillary matting and Gore-Tex in a chamber and pressed.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1999

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1999,0329,0.2

Painting of a woman's head with shawl by Rabindranath Tagore, 1999.2-29.02

Painting of a woman's head with shawl by Rabindranath Tagore, 1999.2-29.02

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