General Handling Guidelines

  • If a scroll appears to be damaged, it is best to seek the assistance of a conservator.
  • When examining any object, it is important to prepare a clean, flat surface free of sharp implements, liquids, or pens.
  • Clean, smooth weights are needed to support the scroll while unrolling.
  • Hands must be clean and free of jewelry. Dirt and perspiration can stain paper, silk, lacquer, and metal.
  • Because of the complexities of the scroll format, it is recommended that two people be present to handle a hanging scroll or handscroll.