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Conservation of the mural paintings of Takamatsuzuka and Kitora Tumuli

 Conservation works are being conducted in Asuka-mura, Nara Prefecture for the mural paintings of Takamatsuzuka and Kitora Tumuli. Since removal of stain from the painting surface is important in the case of the former, studies are being conducted to develop methods for cleaning and for consolidating plaster. It is necessary to try many kinds of tests and experiments so as to select suitable methods that will not cause any damage to the original. In the case of the latter, the main work to reconstruct the fragments to their original positions finished last fiscal year, and the reconstructed mural paintings have been exhibited in the new museum. These conservation works for the mural paintings of both tumuli are based on current study of restoration materials.

Cleaning a mural painting of Takamatsuzuka Tumulus

Examining a reconstructed mural painting for exhibition

Technical assistance for the protection of damaged cultural heritage in Nepal

 In Nepal, precious cultural heritage represented by the World Heritage Site of “Kathmandu Valley” was severely damaged by the Gorkha Earthquake, which occurred on April 25, 2015. The Institute has been cooperating with the country’s authorities in order to facilitate their efforts in rehabilitation and to strengthen the structure for the protection of cultural heritage. Focusing, in particular, on the study for the restoration of historic buildings in Hanumandokha Palace, Kathmandu and the study for the preservation and rehabilitation of historic settlements in the valley, the Institute has been conducting multifaceted activities including transfer of techniques to the Nepalese officers and engineers as well as the formation of their cooperative networks.

Emergency stabilization work at
Aganchen Temple of Hanumandokha Palace

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