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Research > Projects > Material Analysis > Identification of Natural Organic Materials


Conservation of Wall Paintings from Ming Dynasty Temple, China

The cooperation project with Chinese Academy of Culture Heritage (CACH) of ‘The conservation of endangered wall paintings in the Museums of China’ has been carried out. The knowledge about the materials used for the mural paintings is essential for making proper conservation strategy.

Co-operations: Chinese Academy of Culture Heritage (CACH)

Conservation Project of Wall Painting from Tang Dynasty Royal Tombs

During the Tang Dynasty, as Chinese civilization reached its peak, Chinese painting developed dramatically, both in subject matter and technique. The Tang dynasty mural painting is like an inexhaustible encyclopedia. In order to know the materials used for the wall paintings that time, GC/MS technique was used fro the binding media characterization, linseed oil, pine resin and animal glue were identified.


Painted Rock Carvings – World Cultural Heritage Site

Rock Carvings are a series of Chinese religious sculptures and carvings, dating back as far as 7th century A.D., depicting and influenced by Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist beliefs.  The carvings were listed as a World Cultural Heritage Site; however, they are not in good condition, the paint is flaking and some golden cover leaf fall off. The knowledge of the materials used is fundamental for making proper conservation strategy.