Figure. Bishamonten, standing on a prostrate demon, holding a pagoda in left hand (originally a sword in right hand); nimbus of wheel with flames, with attendants Kichijoten and Zennishi Doji (the three figures slot into holes within rectangular stand). Made of painted wood.
- Made in: Japan
- Height: 49 centimetres
Several pieces of drapery are missing or broken. The mandorla has become detached from its support pole. [RMAB, Oct 2009]
3 January 2003
Clean, repair and stablise
The figure was very dirty and two arms were broken. There were many areas of lifting lacquer flakes. Some insect damages areas were found on the base.
Surface dust was firstly removed by lightly brushing with a fine sable brush. The figure was then cleaned with Groomstick (modified natural rubber) gently rolled over the contaminated surface, and with Wishab sponge (vulcanised latex, filler) in conjunction with a brush and vacuum cleaner. Flaking areas were stabilised by introducing 12 % Vinamul 3252 (vinyl acetate,ethylene copolymer) in distilled water into the lacquer/support interface using white spirit as a surfactant. Once the adhesive had dried the flakes were relaid using a heated spatula, over a separating layer of thin Melinex (polyester). Insect damage areas were filled with glass microballoons mixed with 20% Mowilith 30 (polyvinyl acetate) in acetone to give strong and supportive fill, and re-touched with arcylic.
Figure. Bishamonten, with two attendants; standing on a prostrate demon, holding a pagoda in left hand (originally a sword in right hand); nimbus of wheel with flames; the three figures slot into holes within oblong stand. Made of painted wood.
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Object reference number: JCR5271
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