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netsuke

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    F.604

  • Description

    Netsuke. Sumo wrestlers. Made of wood.

  • Producer name

  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Comment

        Baigetsusai
  • Exhibition history

    2013 - , BM Japanese Galleries, ‘Japan from Prehistory to the Present’

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    29 April 2013

    Reason for treatment

    Temporary Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Clean. remove any was coatinga and materials applied to the bases used previoulsy to help the netsuke stand up.

    Condition

    The netsuke is lightly dirty with ingrained dirt in the carving. They have also been coated with wax (not analysed) which has allowed dirt to become stuck to the surface. Some of the netsuke has had a re sealing wax material applied to the base in order to help them stand up during some previous display.

    Treatment details

    The netsuke were cleaned with silk wrapped swabs and white spirit. Further cleaning was undertaken using white spirit applied with a brush to get wax and debris from the recesses of the carving. Groom stick was also used in some areas to remove larger particles of dirt and cotton wool fibres from previous cleaning.

    About these records 

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1897

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    F.604


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