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The video sequences listed below show some of the processes used during the conservation of the Mazarin Chest, which was completed in summer 2008. The two conservators shown at work are Shayne Rivers, V&A Conservation Department and co-manager of the Mazarin Chest Project, and Yoshihiko Yamashita, freelance Japanese conservator and member of the project team.


Five videos showing preparations for and the application of urushi-gatame, the cleaning of a brush with vegetable oil, and the removal of excess lacquer (urushi) before it has had time to harden.


Preparing urushi-gatame mixture (diluted urushi) - 漆固め(希釈漆)の準備

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Applying urushi-gatame - 漆固めの塗布

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Cleaning a brush with vegetable oil - 植物性油で筆を洗浄する

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Removing urushi remaining on the surface - 表面に残った漆の拭き取り

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Removing urushi remaining in recessed areas - 窪んだ部分から漆を拭き取る

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