Conservation of a Japanese palanquin

Produced as part of Lustrous Surfaces

Ran from 14 October 2017 to 16 September 2018

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Known as a 'norimono' in Japanese, meaning 'thing to ride', this box-like enclosed chair would have carried a bride of high social rank to the groom's home after their wedding. Follow V&A Conservators as they treat its elaborate lacquer decoration and restore the silk interior.

Background image: Woman’s palanquin (norimono), 1700 – 1800, Japan. Museum no. 48-1874. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London