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On the relevance of earthen supports material characterisation: Case study Nako in Western Himalayas, India.



Title: On the relevance of earthen supports material characterisation: Case study Nako in Western Himalayas, India.
Author(s): M. Gruber, G. Krist
Paper category : conference
Book title: 2nd Conference on Historic Mortars - HMC 2010 and RILEM TC 203-RHM final workshop
Editor(s): J. Válek, C. Groot and J.J. Hughes
Print-ISBN: None
e-ISBN: 978-2-35158-112-4
Publisher: RILEM Publications SARL
Publication year: 2010
Pages: 187 - 195
Total Pages: 9
Nb references: 20
Language: English


Abstract: Since 2004 the Conservation Department of the University of Applied Arts Vienna has been active in saving Tibetan cultural heritage of Nako in Western Himalayas, North India. Main goals are the conservation, study, and long-term preservation of the Buddhist temple complex interior decorations dating back to the 12th century. The research project Scientific Study of the Artwork at Nako, India, addresses the polychrome surfaces of the significant decorative elements that are executed on earthen supports. First of all, the research on adobe, earthen joint and rendering mortars, clay from sculptures, and local soils used for traditional building practice considerably contributes to the conservation of the mural paintings and sculptures of the temples. Furthermore, the analyses on material characterisations of the earthen supports represent an attempt to contribute to the material culture of earthen building practice, its past and tradition until present.


Online publication: 2010-10-25
Publication type : full_text
Public price (Euros): 0.00