Iconic books are texts revered as objects of power rather than just as words of instruction, information, or insight. In religious and secular rituals around the globe, people carry, show, wave, touch and kiss books and other texts, as well as read them. This blog chronicles such events and activities. (For more about iconic books, see the links to the Iconic Books Project at left.)

Monday, June 4, 2007

On Restoring Sacred Objects

In On Restoring Sacred Objects (1998), Jack C. Thompson, engages thoughtfully the conflicts that can arise between a community with strict religious standards about who may handle a sacred text and professional conservators with strict professional standards about how to restore that text. This issue has generated discussion among museum curators and conservators: see, for example, Virginia Greene, "'Accessories of Holiness': Defining Jewish Sacred Objects" (1992), and Daniel D. Stuhlman, "The Preservation of Torah Scrolls" (2006).

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