A general overview about my procedures in Object Conservation I gave last time in my blog article: Object Conservation. Here I want to share more details in further projects that I’ve done in Taiwan and in Germany, where I could learn about SEA art and worked on SEA objects.

2006 I made a cross cultural training in Taiwan. I spent the summer semester in the Tainan National University of the Arts in the Institute of Conservation, Department of wooden Objects. The University collaborated at the time with the Tainan National History Museum were the conservation department could help the museum to investigate and conserve wooden sculptures for the new exhibition.

Two of the wooden sculptures were investigated and conserved by me. Here you can see a few pictures from the documentation record.

The first statue was a Guan Yin statue:

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Status before conservation from front side.

Detail from the burned area on the head.

Detailed view from the burned area on the head.

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Makro from the superficial dirt and exfoliation of the paint layer.

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Cross sections of the paintlayer showed some over paints, resulting in two to three different designs.

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After cleaning, the paint layer was softened with water for consolidation.

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Tests showed Plextol D4 98 is preferred for consolidation of the paint layer.

Status after conservation.

Status after conservation.

 

A Taoist god sculpture known as “po xia” was the second project:

 

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Status before conservation front side.

Interesting was the fact that the shape of the sculpture was modeled with a thick paste of cotton fibers and a mineral filler  and over painted with thick layers of lacquer.

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cotton fiber

 

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Cross section of red paint layer of garment

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Detail of superficial dirt and burst of model layer and paint layer

 

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After cleaning and consolidation I secured the paint layers with a mixture of Paraloid B72 and glass bubbles as filler.

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Status after conservation and restoration.

Furthermore and perhaps the more valuable from this 6 months internship was the exchange with my peers. As me, most of the students also had an artisan background before they decided to study heritage conservation. So I could learn about traditional techniques like urushi and tung oil lacquers, wood types used in art and could gain a few insides of the problematic of conservation practices and materials in tropical environments, like in SEA.

Though the object of my thesis was not from SEA but from Japan I could use the knowledge there. It was about the investigation and conservation of a Zen Buddhist monk robe of the 18th century in the former Ethnological Museum of Munich, today known as Museum Five Continents.

Here you can find some pictures from my conservation report:

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Monk robe before conservation

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Damage mapping

 

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Textile patchwork made of silk textile with inwoven metalized paper stripes.

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Understanding the Textile: analysis of the fabric

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Digital reconstruction of patchwork

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Digital reconstruction

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Gilded paper stripes

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Silver paper stripes

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Swelling of paper stripe after penetration with water

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Consolidation and restoration steps

After graduation I worked as a freelancer in the Museum where I also investigated and conserved a Buddha Statue from Burma.

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Status before conservation.

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Detail of damage mapping

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Status after conservation

Between my projects in the Bavarian State Office for Heritage Conservation I worked as freelancer for private persons, collectors and galleries. Here a view pictures from projects with SEA background:

 

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Buddha with Nara

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Detail of head with bronze corrosion over paint layer

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Water buffalo after conservation

 

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Corrosion on the surface of the water buffalo bronze statue

 

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Bronze bell from SEA, private collection. Status before conservation

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Bronze bell after conservation

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Buddha with Naga before conservation

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Buddha with Naga after conservation

Maintanance, cleaning and consulting in preventive conservation matters:

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Tara statue, private collection. Status after conservation

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Thai buddhist statue, private collection. Status after conservation

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Buddha statue, private collection. Status after conservation

These is a selection of my works with SEA background. I hope you liked it. I look forward to work here in Singapore, in the middle of SEA.