Mogao Cave 465 Conservation Project, Dunhuang, Gansu, China

The cave No. 465 is located in the north end of the cliff, approximately a kilometre away from the other decorated caves. It is the only cave in Dunhuang containing Tantrayana Buddhist iconography in typical Tibetan style (see also). The cave dates to the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368AD).

The project is jointly organized by the Dunhuang Acaemy (DHA) and the Isabel and Balz Baechi Foundation (IBBF).

The aim of the two-week on-site workshop was to achieve a better understanding of the wall paintings and their deterioration processes, as well as to give recommendations for further steps in investigation and analysis to provide the basis for the development of the conservation plan.

The project will be continued in June 2013 with another two weeks on-site workshop.

About gesaschwantes

Conservator/ Restorer of Architectural Surfaces and Wall Paintings. Director of Architectural Conservation Laboratory at the University of Hong Kong. PhD Candidate at the Architectural Conservation Laboratory of Tongji University in Shanghai.

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