The Freer|Sackler has a long tradition of using scientific methods to study works of art. Scientific research at the Freer|Sackler safeguards the collections and contributes to the understanding of Asian and American art through research and publication, professional collaborations, and educational efforts. Primary areas involve research into a work’s physical nature to determine its provenance and the artist’s methods and materials, and the study of the collections to better understand objects and their deterioration.