Restoration of monumental painting on loess plaster using synthetic resins

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Journal Article


Kostrov, P.I.; Sheinina, E.G.;


Studies in conservation, Volume 6, Number 2-3, p.90-106 (1961)


China (Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu), conservation, consolidation, loess, plaster, resins, restoration (process), synthetic, transferring, wall paintings, xylene


Methods for the removal, consolidation and restoration of mural paintings in loess plaster are described. The paintings come principally from two sites, Sinkiang and Pjandžikent in central Asia. Some of these were previously mounted on gypsum plaster and have become damaged through the action of efflorescence and humidity. Others were very powdery. Certain plastics, chiefly polybutyl methacrylate, were used for consolidation. Particular care was taken that the impregnations truly penetrated the plaster. The consolidated paintings were finally mounted in frames of galvanized iron. Garry Thomson