Sacred Traditions and the Arts seminar


Meet the Ten Thousand Buddhas of Dunhuang: an Exploration of Caves 260 and 263

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

18.00 - 19.30, Lecture Theatre S -2.08, Strand Campus, Kings College London

man examining wall painting with diagnostic equipment
Non-invasive diagnostic investigation of Cave 263 in Mogao, Dunhuang, China

Speaker(s): Kate Crosby (Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King’s College London) and Giovanni Verri (Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Art and Conservation, The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Professor Ben Quash (King’s College London) and Dr Scott Nethersole (The Courtauld Institute of Art)



This paper will present diagnostic investigations undertaken by The Courtauld Institute of Art and the Dunhuang Academy at Caves 260 and 263 in Mogao, Dunhuang, China. It will discuss issues of original technique as well as conservation challenges related to the wall paintings and the architectural sculpture.

The iconography and layout of the cave will also be discussed in relation to the Buddhist beliefs and history of the region.

The seminar on Sacred Traditions and the Arts is a joint venture between the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s and The Courtauld. It seeks to place researchers in dialogue who are working on any aspect of the sacred and visual culture. It is open to all scholars and students who have an interest in exploring the intersections of religion and art regardless of period, geography or tradition.

There will be ample time for discussion and questions following the papers. The event will be concluded by an informal reception.



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