This small exhibition from the Metropolitan Museum of Art illustrates the process of conserving ancient artifacts with 21st century technology. Also showcased are interesting discoveries that came to light as the Museum's curatorial staff prepared materials for reopening the New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia. For example, an 8-minute video documents "the ambitious three-year conservation program" for a sixteenth-century Emperor's Carpet from Safavid Iran. Although acquired in 1941, the carpet was so fragile that it had only been displayed in public twice in sixty years. After conservation, it can be displayed at the Museum on a regular basis. In another video, "Revealing the Original," Jean-Francois de Laperouse, conservator in the Department of Objects Conservation, discusses ethical considerations conservators face when restoring objects in the Museum's collections.
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