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Nissan Seminar: The Mazarin Chest Project: Conservation, Science and Material Culture
Speaker Abstract:
Manufactured in Kyoto in around 1640, the V&A's Mazarin Chest is one of the finest pieces of Japanese export lacquer to survive from the early years of the Edo period. It is made of black-lacquered wood lavishly decorated with landscape scenes incorporating subjects from classical Chinese and Japanese literature. Between 2004 and 2008 it underwent an extensive programme of conservation informed by simultaneously conducted scientific and art historical research. This illustrated talk will explore the background, progression and achievements of this multi-disciplinary project, the many aspects of which reflect the breadth of activity in which a museum like the V&A is involved.

Speaker Information:

Rupert Faulkner (Senior Curator in the Asian Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum)

Additional Information:

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Professor Roger Goodman
Professor Takehiko Kariya
Dr Natalia Doan

Jan 29, 2021 12:00 PM in London

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