The Walters recently received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to perform the cleaning and treatment of several objects from the Doris Duke Collection of Southeast Asian Art. This collection, comprised of a variety of beautiful and unique pieces, has been in storage for some time, and many pieces require treatment. … Continued
A triptych depicting St. Jerome and the Four Evangelists embellished with hummingbird feathers was acquired by Henry Walters in 1914, and has never been on display at the Walters. The object is currently undergoing analysis and cleaning of the decorative hummingbird feathers in the conservation lab.
The highlight for me was a personal tour with the Director General of Antiquities of the Chewar Stoon Cave, an ancient temple site. The cave had 4 natural pillar formations inside, but only 1 was intact due to bombing by Saddam. Apparently he thought his enemies were hiding out there. Getting to the cave was quite a long, steep trek, but worth it for the spectacular view from the top.
Terry Drayman-Weisser describes the fourth day of her travels to Iraq. She is the director of conservation and technical research, at the Walters Art Museum, and travels to Iraq to assist with conservation efforts there. In 2006, she welcomed conservators from Iraq, as they visited Baltimore to learn about restoring ancient ivories. Now, she’s sharing similar knowledge in Iraq.
Standing in the conservation training institute building in Erbil, Iraq for the first time was nothing short of miraculous. It is one thing to scribble on a piece of paper and move rectangles around on a blueprint, and quite another to inhabit a physical space. I have to say that my colleagues from U. of … Continued
Terry Drayman-Weisser will be a guest blogger during her trip to Iraq. She is the director of conservation and technical research, at the Walters Art Museum, and travels to Iraq to assist with conservation efforts there. The Walters’ conservation laboratory is the third oldest in the U.S. and is known for its high standards in treatment and research.