The Pure Land of Amitabha is one of the most important Chinese works of art in the collection. The front of the mural was conserved in 1988-89. The Museum now wants to open up several “windows” on the back of the mural to show that underneath smoke damage from a fire at some point in its history, there remain beautiful paintings. To do this, we must first bring in a conservator to assess the project, perhaps do a few test areas, and then write a report as to what can be done, how long it will take, and how much it will cost. We are now seeking funding for this assessment part of the project. Since the actual treatment will follow only in a second step, the benefits for the lucky person to provide these initial funds will be a personal tour of the mural with Curator of Asian Art, Donald A. Wood, Ph.D., and a chance to meet with the conservator when he is here for the assessment. The conservator will explain what he is doing, what needs to be done, how it will be done, and why. And, of course, your generous contribution will be recognized on the label, as usual, if you wish.
- Medium: Polychrome, gilding and gesso on plaster