PRESERVING BUDDHA AND THE SIXTEEN PROTECTORS – TAASA Review March 2009

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Andrea Wise and Melanie Eastburn The Buddha and the sixteen protectors (left: before treatment, right: after treatment), Japan, 14th century, Kamakura period (1185-1392).

Ink, natural pigments and gold on silk, hanging scroll, 115.9 x 60.5 (restored image only), National Gallery of Australia, purchased 1989 A Kamakura­period (1185­1333) scroll painting, Buddha and the sixteen protectors, in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia has recently returned from extensive conservation treatment and remounting in Japan.

Registered as a culturally significant Japanese work of art in an overseas collection, the 14th century painting was chosen by representatives from the National Research Institute in Tokyo for conservation treatment in Japan in 2005. Each year a team of experts from the Institute visits overseas museums to select a small number of objects for treatment...