Working remotely as a Met intern gave me time to delve into research for future conservation treatment. I supplemented this research with hands-on work at Brooklyn, where I treated ceramics, glassware, bronze, stone, and contemporary mixed-media pieces for upcoming exhibitions including rotations of the Asian and Contemporary Art Galleries and Modern Gothic: The Inventive Furniture of Kimbel and Cabus, a showcase of the Victorian-era furniture and decorative arts firm. I also participated in other museum activities, such as preparing objects for traveling loans, installing and deinstalling exhibitions, environmental monitoring, and collections care. Throughout the year I have gained valuable experience working with diverse materials, meeting the pace of exhibition schedules, and collaborating across departments.
In early 2021, I began working onsite at The Met two days per week. I have been examining, documenting and cleaning the Coffin of Wedjarenes (664-525 B.C.) as part of a larger study on Late Period Egyptian coffins at The Met. I am recording physical characteristics of the coffin that may provide information on its materials and construction. The direction of stray drips of paint, for example, can be examined to determine whether the coffin was painted while lying down or while standing. Areas of loss to the surface decoration can reveal preparatory layers of gesso-like paste and linen. The specific types of wood used in construction might indicate how local resources were leveraged and, in some cases, supplemented with materials sourced through international trade. These details contribute to a larger picture of the artistic, cultural, and economic context of funerary traditions in the Ancient Egyptian world.