A technical study of the materials and manufacturing process used in the Gallery wall paintings from the Jokhang temple, Tibet

Yan Song, Feng Gao, Austin Nevin, Juwen Guo, Xiao Zhou, Shuya Wei & Qianqian Li
Abstract Wall paintings from the Jokhang temple, Lhasa, Tibet, China cover over 4000 m2. In order to protect these valuable paintings and to provide more conclusive information regarding the date of the painting scheme from the outer north Gallery, painting materials and techniques have been studied using optical and scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and raman spectroscopy. Organic materials were analysed with pyrolysis-gas chromatography–mass spectrometry. The wall painting technique is typical of Tibetan paintings and...
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