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From Creation to Conservation: The Story of Cave 85 at the Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang

Stabile Building

Jan 8, 10:30am
Stabile Building 10:30am
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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.

Lorinda Wong

Lorinda Wong

Lori Wong, project specialist with the Getty Conservation Institute and a conservator for over 20 years, is committed to improving approaches and strategies for protecting and conserving cultural heritage sites. In addition to her longstanding involvement at the Mogao Grottoes, she has also worked at the Imperial Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples in Chengde, China, as well as at the tomb of Tutankhamen and the Valley of the Queens in Luxor, Egypt. A graduate of Wellesley College and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, Wong has expanded her focus toward longer-term strategies for innovative management and protection of heritage sites through earning a Master of Business Administration at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.


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