Connoisseurs of fine Asian art travel to Washington, D.C. to visit the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Together, the conjoined galleries house countless artworks and objects imported from the Far East, ranging from richly drawn Islamic manuscripts to paintings from India’s Mughal Empire. When items from the collections aren’t being shown to the public, conservationists prepare them for display and study old artifacts for new historic clues. Watch those pros in action in the video above, which features Paul Jett, former head of conservation and scientific research at the Freer and Sackler.

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