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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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Thursday, 13 March 2014

Doji of the day


It seems inevitable that an Ogre who is very fond of Sake and is able to transform from Ogre to human form at will would prove difficult to portray.

There have been many attempts to represent this foulest of beings. Above are two triptychs (wood block prints) and two examples from hand scrolls showing the diversity of this very special Ogre.

The Chester Beatty Ogre however is by far the most dramatic and that which involves the most blood loss !

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