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surimono / print

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  • Description

    Woodblock print. Surimono. Music and drama. Bugaku dancer performing the nasori dance, with poems above.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1777-1859 (floruit)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Comment

        Chiharu, Takashima
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      • Inscription Comment

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    15 April 1999

    Reason for treatment

    Temporary Exhibition

    Treatment proposal



    The print is stick on four edges with a western paper. The surface is slightly dirty and has some creases. There is some foxing and some plushed area around the edges.

    Treatment details

    The print was removed from the support using a spatula, and the residues of glue and paper with a cotton swab slightly wet with a scalpel.The creases were supported with some mino paper(1.8). The print was humidificated on gore-tex and flattened under blotting paper under a board with weights. Inlaid using Japanese strip method and mounted in royal acid free board by MT3.

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  • Associated events

    • Associated Event: bugaku (dance)
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