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The Conservation of Artifacts Made from Plant Materials

Mary-Lou E. Florian, Dale Paul Kronkright, and Ruth E. Norton

This teaching guide covers the identification, deterioration, and conservation of artifacts made from plant materials. Detailed information on plant anatomy, morphology, and development, focusing on information useful to the conservator in identifying plant fibers found in artifacts, is presented. The myriad interrelated processes that cause deterioration in artifacts made from plant fibers are described, as well as the processing, construction, and decorative techniques commonly used in such artifacts. A final chapter provides a thorough discussion of conservation, preservation, storage, and restoration methods. This is a valuable resource to conservators and students alike.

350 pages
8 1/2 x 11 inches
68 b/w illustrations
160 line drawings
ISBN 978-0-89236-160-1

Getty Publications
Imprint: Getty Conservation Institute