conservation image Wall Paintings at Mogao Grottoes

Recent area of loss of the painted plaster on the west slope: detachment leading to complete loss of the painted plaster is a continuing problem in Cave 85. In the 1970s metal pinning was used to anchor the detached paintings to the conglomerate. However, loss of plaster near these anchors, as shown here (upper left), is evidence that this procedure did not prevent further deterioration from occurring. Photo: Neville Agnew.