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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1993,0621,0.1

  • Description

    Painting, two-panel screen. Scholars in a landscape. Ink and colours on paper, mounted on a board (probably a tea-screen).

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 46 centimetres (painting)
    • Width: 146 centimetres (painting)
    • Height: 59.5 centimetres (screen)
    • Width: 161 centimetres (screen)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Kinkoku
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Kinkoku
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    8 October 1995

    Treatment proposal

    Remove backing card. Make into two-fold screen.

    Condition

    Paintings on maniaishi paper. This paper in poor condition with many holes and skinned areas on verso .

    Treatment details

    Pigment consolidated using Nikawa 1% sol.by 2. Remove paintings from backing card using bamboo spatula. Paintings prepared for removal of first lining paper. Repaired using maniaishi paper toned with yasha. Relined using Mino 1.8 and dilute wheat starch paste. After drying, prepared for karibari [drying board] . Placed on karibari. Retouching using Winsor + Newton Watercolours . Two wooden core lattice frames prepared: Honeshibari; Dobari; Minokake; Minoshibari; Mimisuki; Hane; Ukekake 1; Ukekake 2; . Attach paintings, attach oberi, attach decorative backing papers. Carpenter fitted wooden edging, unfortunately causing stress on paper hinges thus weakening the structure and its operation considerably.

    About these records 

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1993

  • Acquisition notes

    Credit Line: Purchased with a contribution from the Brooke Sewell Bequest.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1993,0621,0.1

  • Additional IDs

    • Jap.Ptg.Add.1021 (Japanese Painting Additional Number)

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