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Tableware bowl, used in Japan as a tea bowl, Korea, Choson period, mid-15th century (F1904.114)

Objects Conservation: Current Projects

Korean collection survey

A condition survey of the three-dimensional Korean objects in the collections is being conducted to improve the overall physical state of the collection, and in preparation for an upcoming reinstallation of the Freer’s Korean gallery. Materials included in the survey are mainly ceramic and metal, as well as glass, stone, and lacquer. Objects range from beads to weapons.

Islamic ceramic treatment

A treatment program for the Islamic ceramics is currently underway based on the results of the condition survey carried out from 2007-2008 (see Objects Conservation: Past Projects). Since many of the objects have been in the Freer since the early twentieth century, much of the conservation work will address old treatments that have now aged and deteriorated, often leaving the old repairs unstable and discolored.


Objects Conservation Paper Conservation
Exhibitions Conservation
East Asian Painting Conservation Studio

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