Learning from the past: using original techniques to conserve a twelfth-century illuminated manuscript and its sixteenth-century Greek-style binding at the Monastery of St Catherine, Sinai

TitleLearning from the past: using original techniques to conserve a twelfth-century illuminated manuscript and its sixteenth-century Greek-style binding at the Monastery of St Catherine, Sinai
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsHoney, A., and Pickwoad N.
Refereed DesignationRefereed
Conference NameConservation and the Eastern Mediterranean: contributions to the Istanbul Congress 20-24 September 2010
Conference Start Date20/09/2010
PublisherInternational Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
Conference LocationIstanbul, Turkey
EditorRozeik, C., Ashok R., and Saunders D.
Abstract

This paper describes the conservation treatment at the Monastery of St Catherine, Sinai of an illuminated manuscript preserved in an important but severely damaged sixteenth-century Greek-style Sinai binding. The conservation treatment aimed to restore functionality to this binding with minimum intervention enabling the important manuscript to travel to an exhibition. The repair techniques evolved during treatment as the two conservators studied and used the techniques of the original binder. The repair included the partial in situ re-sewing of the manuscript, working around and supplementing the original sewing, and reattaching the wooden bookboards. The primary endbands were repaired to preserve and support the unique secondary metal-thread endbands and a new method was devised to repair an interlaced clasp-strap. The planning, as well as the working methods and techniques described, highlight new avenues both for the conservation of Byzantine manuscripts and for future conservation at this important library.

URLhttp://ora.ouls.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid%3A232590c9-9624-449a-8d41-ebea25a00648
Refereed DesignationRefereed
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