Monthly Archives: May 2017

Art conservation of Sri Harmandar Saheb Ji (The Golden Temple), Amritsar, India

Namita Jaspal Heritage Preservation Atelier, Chandigarh, India namitajaspal72@gmail.com; heritage.atelier@gmail.com www.heritagepreservationatelier.com Introduction When we are trusted upon the responsibility of doing art conservation services for an active religious site, we tend to get a mixed feeling of gratitude and anxiousness. Gratitude is generally because of the ingrained faith we might have for the sacred site and…

Old Photographs

We started  our discussion regarding old photographs (https://heritagepreservationatelier.com/2017/05/20/historic-photographs/https://heritagepreservationatelier.com/2017/05/20/historic-photographs/) with an example of a silver albumin print. In this blog, we’ll see some other examples from the same collection,but all different techniques of photo-prints. 2014 and 2015 were a bit busy years and hence i could not record all the work that we did. We did…

Historic Photographs

Photography has been a great invention around first half of nineteenth century. It created possibilities of experimentation for the creative minds interested in making real images on paper. Following is a picture of a badly restored and mounted photograph created by one of the older techniques. We tried to analyze the technique by which it…

Gild playing peek-a-boo

We had already completed damage mapping at Sri Darbar Saheb Ji, in the months of October and November 2013, but gilding started playing peek-a-boo once test patches of cleaning were started later in November and December. There were many places where gilding was uncovered not just beneath the thick grime layers, but also under thick…

December 2013

December 2013 was strange, i had committed to start actual on-site work at Sri Harmandar Saheb Ji  and at home my father-in-law suffered second paralytic attack (he could not survive it after 27th December), son’s board exams and i was flying from Amritsar to Delhi and Chandigarh… mixed emotions and responsibilities. I had managed to…

Wall paintings(at Sri Harmandar Saheb Ji), as we found them before starting our work

Initially it took some three to five trips to Sri Amritsar, all by myself as a conservation expert and with managers of Sri Harmandar Sheb Ji to understand the extent of damage to the wall paintings and gold plates. Following pictures were taken by me during these earlier trips somewhere in the mid of 2013.…