From Creation to Conservation:
The Story of Cave 85 at the Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang
Asian Art and History: Fabulous Wonders of China
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning
Lorinda Wong, Project Specialist with the Getty Conservation Institute
At the western edge of China’s desert frontier, the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Mogao Grottoes was excavated into a cliff face near the ancient garrison town of Dunhuang along the former Silk Road. Founded in the fourth century, the site spanned a thousand years of active worship before falling into abandonment. Out of the 492 surviving decorated Buddhist cave temples, one was singled out as the focus of a ten-year joint conservation project between the Dunhuang Academy and the Getty Conservation Institute to study the greatest threats to the site and to research methods for the site’s protection. Cave 85, a 9th-century cave temple that retains its exquisite, late-Tang murals, leads us through the history of the Mogao site, from the time of its creation through to present day.
Admission includes lunch and a discussion with the lecturer immediately following the lecture. This presentation is part of the Asian Art and History lecture series.