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Conservation of Wooden Objects

by: A.S. Bisht

The book deals with all aspects of conservation of wooden artefacts and gives detailed information on types and location of wooden artefacts in India, the various agencies of degradation, and the technology to be adopted to re-construct and conserve these precious evidences of Indian heritage.

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ISBN: 9788124604489
Year Of Publication: 2009
Edition: 1st
Pages : xv, 124
Bibliographic Details : 31 coloured photos; 37 b/w photos; Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Paperback
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 22 cm.
Weight: 250 gm.

Overview

The book deals exhaustively with conservation of our ancient heritage existent in the form of wooden artefacts. This volume contains four chapters. The first chapter deals with the history of use of wood, location of wooden artefacts and the need to review our policy of acquisition of artefacts. The second highlights the information on the source of wood, identification, properties of wood, and techniques of making wooden objects. The third one explains the deterioration mechanism of wood substance and other constituents by various agencies of degradation, inherent structural defects and need for proper examination and documentation to decide on the treatment required. The final chapter details the conservation technology for wooden objects explaining the steps in eradication of biodeterioration, cleaning, physical repairs, restoration/retouching and preventive measures. No doubt this book should serve as a valuable guide to archaeologists, conservators, and students of museology.

Contents

Preface
List of Illustrations
1. Introduction
1.1 History of Use of Wood
1.2 Literary Evidences
1.3 Location of Wooden Artefacts
1.4 Need to Review our Policy of Acquisition of Artefacts
2. Wood as Material for Art Objects
2.1 Source of Wood
2.2 Field Identification of Wood
2.3 Material of Wood
2.4 Properties of Wood
2.5 Water in Wood
2.6 (i) Physical Structure
(ii) Chemical Structure
2.7 Technique of Making Wooden Objects
3. Deterioration of Wood
3.1 Environmental Degradation
3.2 Mechanical Degradation
3.3 Biological Degradation
3.5 Inherent Structural Defects in Wood
3.6 Examination and Documentation
3.7 Treatment Record of Wooden Objects
4. Conservation of Wood
4.1 Steps in Conservation
(A) Eradication of Biodeterioration
(B) Cleaning
(C) Conservation
(D) Waterlogged Wood
(E) Physical Repairs
(F) Restoration/Retouching
(G) Preventive measures
Bibliography
Plates and Figures
Index

Meet the Author
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A.S. Bisht, did his postgradute studies in Art conservation in Sydney under an Australian Government Senior Fellowship. After serving the Archaeological Survey of India for four years, he joined the National Museum, New Delhi, in 1958 and was the head of its Conservation Department from 1978 till his retirement in 1991 as the Chief Restorer. Mr Bisht is an authority on conservation and is well known in India and abroad. He has authored three books, Conservation Science; Scientific Aspects of Heritage study; and Conservation of Indian Miniatures and Illustrated manuscripts.
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