Restoration of the Mantua/Sermide Ark

This is one of the Museum’s most ambitious conservation projects ever realised: the restoration of an extraordinary Italian Holy Ark from Mantua (Northern Italy), dated 1543. This wooden Ark, decorated with original delicate gild carvings, is one of the oldest Holy Arks in the world.
The live restoration begun on August 11, 2011 and took place over a period of about four months. This unique enterprise was carried out by the restoration team of Studio Oro.
The restoration of the Mantua Ark has been carried out thanks to the generous support of Leslie and Anna Dan, of Toronto, Canada, and the Jerusalem Foundation of Canada.
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