Starting 7 May 2020 the GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig is open again regularly from 10 to 18 (except Mondays). Please note that for the time being only the special exhibition "Scenes of life" is on display.

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Searching for traces. Conservation, Craftmanship, and Materials

In Japan, the field of conservation is strongly influenced by technical issues. Conservators learn to produce objects true to the original according to traditional methods. This specialized knowledge and skill, which fundamentally affects the approach to conservation, is part of the immaterial cultural heritage. 

In Europe and the United States, on the other hand, the conservation of an object preserves all traces of its former use – as clues to the object’s possibly eventful history and its origin. The aim is, therefore, to maintain all the original components as far as possible and not to replace them.

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© Foto: Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
360° view of the Spurenlese exhibition section

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Despite their differences, both conservation approaches have been combined in this project. In the future, the task will be to step up cooperation with conservation experts of those societies of origin from which the collection objects originate and to make greater use of their knowledge.

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Have a closer look on the display...

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Historical tools and materials used to make the screen, most of which were collected for the museum as early as the 19th century.

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Fan made of wood samples, before 1898, inventoried 1898, unknown prior possession, GRASSI Ethnographic Museum Leipzig, inv. no. OAs 12984 a-o

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Three-part writing set: Abacus with wooden beads, a compartment for a bamboo brush, a set of black and red Sumi ink sticks, two inkstones and metal boxes (suzuribako, soroban), before 1892, acquired 1909 from the collector Heinrich Botho Scheube, GRASSI Ethnographic Museum Leipzig, inv. no. OAs 05023 a-k



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Mineral pigments for the production of colorants: azurite, verdigris, cinnabar, ochre, red hematite, coral, rock crystal, loans from private collections

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Burnishing bone (hone-hera), ivory with gold and silver lacquer decorations, before 1892, acquired 1909 from the collector Heinrich Botho Scheube, GRASSI Ethnographic Museum Leipzig, inv. no. OAs 05084

Burnishing bone (hone-hera), ivory with gold and silver lacquer decorations, before 1892, acquired 1909 from the collector Heinrich Botho Scheube, GRASSI Ethnographic Museum Leipzig, inv. no. OAs 05083

Burnishing bone (hone-hera), ivory with gold and silver lacquer decorations and mother-of-pearl inlays, before 1892, acquired 1909 from the collector Heinrich Botho Scheube, GRASSI Ethnographic Museum Leipzig, inv. no. OAs 04682

Bamboo brush case with small inkwell, before 1892, acquired 1909 from the collector Heinrich Botho Scheube, GRASSI Ethnographic Museum Leipzig, inv. no. OAs 05022

Gold leaf, so-called transfer gold on laminated paper, GRASSI Ethnographic Museum Leipzig, without inv. no.

Hand driver (baren), wood, black lacquer, bamboo leaf, before 1912, donated 1912 by the collector Otto Neubert, GRASSI Ethnographic Museum Leipzig, inv. no. OAs 11244

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