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Treatment and Research Projects

Browse a selection of conservation treatment, installation, and research projects by Objects Conservation staff.

Protecting the Crown of the Andes

A Met conservator, conservation preparator, research scientist, and curator collaborated to restore the stability of this spectacular, gold-and-emerald "Crown of the Andes" and ensure its survival for future generations.

Recovering the Brilliance of a Benin Bronze

In 1897, English soldiers seized the Horn Player and other cast brass sculptures from the royal court of Benin City in the Punitive Expedition. The royal sculptures were then acquired by English and European collectors who praised their artistic and technical brilliance, especially noting the Benin skill in lost-wax casting.

The Evolution of Degas’s Little Dancer

The Met’s bronze cast of Degas’s Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer has captivated generations of visitors, but many may not be familiar with the material transformation of the sculpture—from wax to bronze and through a series of custom-fitted skirts—since Degas exhibited the original version in 1881.

Queen Hatshepsut Restored

Since arriving at The Met in 1929, this statue of Hatshepsut has undergone three major restorations. The history of this work illustrates changing approaches to conservation and shows the impact that various types of treatment can have on the viewer’s perception of an object.

Enlightened Technology: Radiographing an Image of the Buddha

Researchers at The Met used 3-D X-ray technology to explore the inside of a Gupta-style bronze statue of the Buddha. Here’s what they found.

The Materials That Make Mangaaka

Conservator Ellen Howe and Associate Research Scientist Adriana Rizzo discuss the range of organic materials used to create Mangaaka power figures.

After the Fall: The Conservation of Tullio Lombardo’s Adam

Conservators, scientists, and curators tell the story behind the unprecedented conservation of Tullio Lombardo’s Adam.

Chinese Religious Sculpture

The Metropolitan's collection of Chinese religious sculpture is the largest outside of Asia. The availability of new scholarly information, analytical techniques, and recent archaeology in China prompted the Museum to take an in-depth study of the collection.

The Faith and Hope Stained-Glass Window

Objects conservators recently applied two approaches for restoring losses to a stained-glass window.

Moving the Ciborium

Objects conservators embarked on a challenging project: moving a 25-foot marble structure from The Cloisters to the Main Building.

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Conservation at The Met

The Metropolitan Museum houses a world-renowned complex of scientific research and conservation facilities, each of which serves as a training ground for conservators across a variety of specializations from around the world. This project list provides a small sample of conservation research activities across the Museum.