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The Chester Beatty Library in Dublin with the continued support of The Sumitomo Foundation in Tokyo, have now commissioned Restorient to conserve three more of their most treasured Japanese paintings. Dating from the early 17th century this set of hand scrolls chart the epic tale of "Hunting the Ogres" It will be possible to follow the conservation of these magnificent hand scrolls here on this blog. We at Restorient are delighted to have the opportunity to share this remarkable project, and to offer some insights into this type of specialist conservation.

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012

The Hunt is on !!!!

The  Ōeyama emaki (Hunting the Ogres) are a set of three hand scrolls that comprise of twenty-four paintings and their accompanying text panels. Dating from the early seventeenth century, altogether they measure over forty-two gory meters. The conservation work is scheduled over the next three years and those of a strong disposition are most welcome to follow the hunt ...and the conservation of these extraordinary scrolls.

.......something strange was happening in Kyoto.  Beautiful young women began to disappear without trace. First there were five, then ten, until more than thirty women had vanished. In desperation an Oracle was consulted and he confirms the worst - Ogres were indeed responsible.They were capable of assuming human form at will, and they were partial to drinking blood and feasting on human flesh. The Emperor then commanded six formidable samurai disguised as Buddhist pilgrims to hunt down the Ogres and destroy them ..........

We are now busy documenting the condition of the scrolls prior to conservation so the hunt has now begun !


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