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Kacho gaden, shohen 花鳥画伝, 初編

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  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Kacho gaden, shohen 花鳥画伝, 初編
  • Description

    Illustrated book. First of two volumes, (1 + 1 + 31). Woodblock-printed.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1849
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 22 centimetres
    • Width: 15.2 centimetres
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    14 January 2013

    Treatment proposal

    Provide with custom-made archival box for storage.


    In good condition but requires protection from physical damage, dust, atmospheric pollutants and light during storage.

    Treatment details

    The vook was housed in a custom-made box. This consisted of an inner envelope of Manilla 225 gs, paper and an outer box constructed using boxboard and Filmoplast T 6472. The envelope and box were adhered to each other with double-sided tape and cotton ties were attached using Culminal (non ionic cellulose ether).

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  • Additional IDs

    • JIB.837

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