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Conservation of Ethnographic Objects

A.S. Bisht (Author)

This book on "Conservation of Ethnographic Objects an attempt to make available text book for readers who may have some interest in conservation of cultural heritage especially for the conservation students of all the faculties of the National Museum Institute (A Deemed University) and many others from the various museums, Museology and allied Departments of the country and abroad. Ethnography is a vast subject which covers dance and drama as an intangible heritage. The main emphasis is on the activities, life of the early tribes, life style, their art and crafts, customs, festivals describing the human development from individuals to villages, early cities of countries and continents. Conservations of this vast and varied aspect was really a challenging task which could be dealt by the author here which needed a long working experience. There are not many books on this subject and many more attempts by our young conservators would be a step further in this direction. The ethnographic objects are most difficult to maintain in good condition because of their inherent complex nature as they are food for bio-deter gins to nurture them. Most of the ethnographic objects are made of various raw materials and therefore pose a challenge since they have to deal with the individual pieces by detaching them, treating them individually and reassemble them as one object. Many times treatment needed by one part is different than the others. In this book we can find the various aspects such as source, composition, deterioration, conservation and restoration of objects.

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About the author

A.S. Bisht

A.S. Bisht studied Science before doing postgraduate study in Art Conservation from Australia during the years 1960-1961 having been selected by the Commonwealth office of Education, Sydney, Australia under Australian Govt. Senior Fellowship. He joined the ASI in 1954 before selection in the National Museum, New Delhi in 1958. After working on various positions in the National Museum, New Delhi became the Head of its Conservation Department in 1978 and has been instrumental for the post 1978 development in its present form till he retired as Chief Restorer in March 1991. He was actively associated with the projects undertaken by the Laboratory between 1958 to 1991. He has contributed over a hundred research papers in various publications in India and abroad. He is author of the book "Challenges in Conservation of Indian Miniatures" and edited/published some other publications of IASC. He was associated with the drafting of the syllabus for M.A. (Conservation) course of the NMI (A deemed University) and has been teaching Art Conservation since its inception. After retirement he is associated with the Faculty of Art Conservation as a Visiting Professor. He has been guiding students and evaluating the M.A. & Ph. D thesis since 1991 in the field of conservation. He is one of the Founder Members of IASC and worked in various capacities including its President before being elected its Hony. Fellow. He is a Life member of MAI and was elected Fellow of the IIC, London bringing international recognition to him in his specialized field, he has travelled extensively in India and abroad including Australia, Indonesia, Japan, U.S.A, Europe, USSR, Afganistan and Bhutan on various assignments by international bodies like UNESCO. He is a Devotee of Sri Satya Sai Baba to whom he attributes all his achievements and success in life.

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Title Conservation of Ethnographic Objects
Author A.S. Bisht
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2013
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788173201318
length 184p.,