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  • Description

    Netsuke. Hotei and Daikoku as Sumo wrestlers. Made of ivory.

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    • Height: 2.75 inches
  • Bibliography

    • Barker & Smith 1976 336 bibliographic details
    • Tsuchiya 2014 pp.68-69 bibliographic details
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    Treatment date

    20 February 2006

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    Treatment proposal

    Remove visible mould. Assess object for further work and advise on re-strorage.


    The object has suffered from being stored in an high RH% environment. Many objects in the store have developed mould on the surface. this object had visible mould growth on the surface.

    Treatment details

    This object has been cleaned with a vacuum and a soft brush. The object has been assessed for further necessary work.

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