Protein Facts: Fibrous Proteins in Cultural and Natural History Artifacts

Mary-Lou E. Florian

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ISBN: 1873132344
Binding: Paperback
Dimensions: 245 x 174 mm
Pages: 168
Illustrations: 96 halftone, 57 line

This book is designed to help collections managers, conservators, curators, collectors and students (of materials and material culture) to understand the properties of the materials (containing protein fibres) from which various objects have been manufactured.

The author illustrates the wide range of historic, ethnographic and natural history objects, made of fibrous protein material, which is found in collections. She explains why understanding the chemical and phsyical structure of the fibrous proteins in a variety of materials (skin, leather, gut, muscle, teeth, bone, ivory, silk, fur, feathers, hair, horn, claws, nails, etc) is most important when considering optimum methods for their care, conservation treatment and preservation.

Features of the structures of protein fibres uses to identify each material are discussed. The agents and symptoms of deterioration of fibrous proteins are covered, particularly those proteins (e.g. collagen, keratin, fibroin and myosin) found commonly in collections of cultural objects.

This volume complements the author's Fungal Facts published by Archetype Publications in 2002.

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With Protein Facts, Florian fills a major gap in the conservation literature - a concise and accessible introduction and compilation of information on proteins found in artifacts and specimens for conservators, material scientists, material culturists and anyone else responsible for the care of these collections...Protein Facts will readily become a standard reference in every conservator's library.
Journal of the Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property 33 (2008) 46-47