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Posted by Megumi Mizumura on January 27, 1998 at 19:03:41:

I'm studyig Paper Conservation now and have chosen Japanese actor prints (Yakusha-e) of the Meiji era. There are 5 prints, and three of them are in a triptych format and two are in a diptych format. They are pasted together side by side and are in the form of a scroll. I have to separate them for the conservation treatment, however, I'm wondering how I should store them after the treatment. For the prints, it is better to keep them separate and mount in a flat form, as the scroll form causes damage to the prints. But, on the other hand, the scroll form is a part of the history of the prints, although it is not an original form and done by a collectore as the artists, publishers, and the dates of publishing are all different, and I have to think about keeping the historical evidence. I would appreciate if you could give me any information on the storage of similar kinds of prints, such as whether the scroll form is common practice or not.

Thank you very much.

Megumi Mizumura
BA (Hon) Conservation
Camberwell College of Arts

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