The Center has recently had the opportunity to gather examples of two different types of art we have conserved, and though their origins are separated by a continent, the similarities begin when one considers what they mean to their owners. First, we have an exhibit of Chinese art, focusing not on the vibrant creations emerging from that country in the modern era, but on art of ancient origins or traditions. Then, we would like to share a collection of the Jewish artifacts that The Center has had the privilege of cleaning and repairing throughout its long history.
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The peoples living in what we today know as The People’s Republic of China have been making art for centuries. Our personal archives can hardly hope to present a complete picture of Chinese art history, but we have been graced with some excellent examples of artistic eras and traditions, spanning in some cases thousands of years.
As Jewish heritage spans many countries, cultures, and customs, the ceremonial and ritual objects pictured here are only a few of many permutations and preferences. Nevertheless, they share the same background and prominence in their congregations and households. The conservation of these pieces often had the added task of ensuring that these objects could still be used or ritually displayed, which will also be discussed.
The importance of such heritage artifacts to their owners and their cultural community is immeasurable. The Center is proud to have contributed to the endurance of family heirlooms and cultural inheritances; we wish for them a safe new year just as we wish for our readers a happy 2011!
The Conservation Center