JAIC 1991, Volume 30, Number 1, Article 2 (pp. 03 to 11)
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Journal of the American Institute for Conservation
JAIC 1991, Volume 30, Number 1, Article 2 (pp. 03 to 11)

CONSERVATION TREATMENT OF TIBETAN THANGKAS

ANN SHAFTEL


ABSTRACT—Tibetan thangkas are complex objects, with intricate iconography and technical construction. Conservators must be fully aware of a thangka's religious and cultural aspects prior to attempting treatment. A combination of media such as textile, painting, wood, and sometimes leather and metal, thangkas require a balanced approach in conservation treatment. The results of inappropriate conservation methods may well prove that the cure is worse than the disease.

Article Sections:

1. INTRODUCTION
2. PROBLEMS IN THE CONSERVATION OF THANGKAS
3. SPECIFIC EXAMPLES OF INAPPROPRIATE TREATMENTS
4. CONCLUSION
a: References , Author Information
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