Oxygen-Free Museum Cases

Oxygen-Free Museum Cases

  • Edited by Shin Maekawa

    One of the challenges in protecting and displaying environmentally sensitive objects is preventing deterioration caused by the presence of oxygen. This volume describes the design and construction of an oxygen-free, hermetically sealed, display and storage case developed by the Getty Conservation Institute for the long-term protection of such objects. The case was originally designed as a collaborative project with the Egyptian Antiquities Organization to conserve the Royal Mummy Collection at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

    Seven chapters cover the protection of cultural objects from environmental deterioration by reducing exposure to oxygen and by using inert gases for biodeterioration control. Also included are details on how the design and construction of the oxygen-free case has been adapted for other applications―specifically, for the original documents of the Constitution of India in New Dehli and for the mummy collections at the Egyptian Museum and at the Museu Victor Balaguer in Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain.

    Shin Maekawa is a senior scientist at the Getty Conservation Institute.

    Related Getty Conservation Institute projects: Nitrogen Anoxia Research

  • 100 pages
    8 1/2 x 11 inches
    45 b/w illustrations
    ISBN 978-0-89236-529-6

    Getty Publications
    Imprint: Getty Conservation Institute
    Series: Research in Conservation


  • "A must for anyone contemplating designing, building, installing, or maintaining oxygen-free sealed-case atmospheres. Very well put together, concise, and easy to abstract relevant information."
    Conservation News

    "This book is full of lessons to be learned. A very useful compilation with a comprehensive bibliography for each chapter and a very useful index."
    Journal of the American Institute for Conservation

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