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Leonie Gärtner: A Thai Nang Yai shadow puppet – Development of a concept for the conservation of the Nang Yai collection of the Ethnologisches Museum Dahlem SMB-SPK and testing it on the shadow puppet IC 43814 Back
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Abstract: The paper describes the conservation of a large Thai Nang Yai shadow-puppet made of rawhide. The puppet has been damaged by vertical storage and is severely distorted. The conservation treatment developed for the shadow-puppet can be used for all of the 160 Nang Yai puppets of the Ethnologisches Museum SMB-SPK. The treatment contains dry cleaning, flattening by humidification with a GORE-TEX sandwich, securing the breakages with Japanese tissue bridges and the development of a preventive conservation treatment for the whole collection. Emphasis is also put on the verification of ethnographic identification by scientific analysis regarding the making of the puppets.


Keywords: shadow puppet, rawhide, humidification, GORE-TEX-sandwich, preventive conservation
  • academic institution: Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin
  • kind of theses:  Diplomarbeit
  • main Tutor:  Prof. Dr. Matthias Knaut
  • assistant Tutor:  Diplom-Restauratorin (FH) Mira Dallige-Smith
  • date:  2005
  • Language:  German
  • pages:  209
  • pictures:  62

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