Sunday, 8 October 2017

From the British Museum: Conserving a Tang Dynasty Embroidery, the final 3 episodes

Conserving Vulture Peak | Episode 9: Turning the Embroidery

In this week's episode, Hannah and colleagues from the rest of the conservation team flip the embroidery so that we can see the right side up again.

Conserving Vulture Peak | Episode 10: Stitching the support fabric

In this episode Hannah describes how they go about stitching the support fabric to the front of the embroidery to keep things in place.

Conserving Vulture Peak I Episode 11: The results

In the final episode of the series, Hannah and Monique discuss their thoughts on the effectiveness of the conservation project as a whole. Dr Diego Tamburini also shares some of the findings from the dye analysis.

If you missed the previous 8 video's you will find them below

Banner with Sakayamuni, Tang dynastie,found by Aurel Stein (1862- 1943) in cave 17 in the Mogao caves in Dunhuang

Conserving Vulture Peak | Episode 1: Introduction

Join textile conservators Monique Pullan and Hannah Vickers as they embark on this intricate conservation journey over the course of 11 weeks.

Conserving Vulture Peak | Episode 2: Curatorial introduction

This week we join Jane Portal, Keeper of the Department of Asia at the British Museum, as she explains the history and rediscovery of the Vulture Peak embroidery – one of the most magnificent of all the compositions found in the hidden library at Dunhuang.
This embroidery dates from China’s Tang dynasty (AD 618–907). It depicts the Buddha preaching at Vulture Peak – in Buddhist tradition a favourite retreat of the Buddha and his disciples, located in what is now north-east India. 
It was discovered by archaeologist Sir Aurel Stein (1862–1943) who, while exploring the many caves at Dunhuang, discovered a walled up cave. Behind this wall was a library full of manuscripts paintings and textiles, including this astonishing embroidery.
Watch the rest of the ‘Conserving Vulture Peak’ series here:
The tapestry is part of a collection donated to the British Museum by the archaeologist Sir Aurel Stein (1862–1943).

Conserving Vulture Peak | Episode 3: Conservation assessment

This week Hanna and Monique discuss the specific areas that need to be addressed to conserve this delicate embroidery. 

Conserving Vulture Peak | Episode 4: Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry

Scientist, Dr Diego Tamburini analyses the dyes used to colour the fibres of the Vulture Peak embroidery. 
He uses a technique known as Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry to find out what was used to colour the embroidery threads. 

Conserving Vulture Peak | Episode 5: Surface Cleaning

In this week's episode, Hannah starts the painstaking task of dry cleaning the embroidery to remove any particulate soiling from the object.

Conserving Vulture Peak | Episode 6: Backing fabric

This week conservators Hannah and Monique choose and prepare the new backing fabric for the Vulture Peak embroidery. 

Conserving Vulture Peak | Episode 7: Removing the old restoration

In this week's episode, Hannah and Monique remove the old restoration fabric from the back of the embroidery. In doing so they're revealing the back of the embroidery. 

Conserving Vulture Peak | Episode 8: Examining the back of the embroidery

This week, Hannah investigates the back of the embroidery. Using a UV lamp she can further investigate the different dyes used in the embroidery. 

In the mean time, also pay a visit to the website of the International Dunhuang Project/ IDP

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