Working with scroll paintings is a very specialised area of conservation, not usually undertaken in a Western-style studio. The Chester Beatty fortunately has close links with an excellent studio in Leiden: Restorient. In fact it is the only private studio in Europe that undertakes this kind of work, and they have treated several scrolls from the Chester Beatty – most recently The Bamboo Cutter’s Daughter which was exhibited this Summer. Currently they are beginning treatment on another painting from the Library, Oeyama Emaki (or Hunting the Ogres) and are keeping a blog of their progress. Their work is fascinating and we are all delighted to work with them as they are extremely lovely and informative!
We are also thankful to the Sumitomo Foundation for their support of this project.