Academic thesis

Andrea Bliem: A painted iron statue of a Bodhisattva, China (1368 – 1644), dated in the Ming-Period Cast iron with gold leaves, overpaint with several different layers Back
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Abstract: The object belongs to the Collection of the Museum for applied Arts in Vienna.Aims of this diploma thesis were the stabilization and the preservation of the endagered, numerous different paint layers as well as the treatment and preservation of the degraded and rusty areas of the cast iron. Scientific analyses investigated the explicit structure of the metal, the pigments and binding media. It came out that the original paint layer of the iron body was a gilding with gold leaves covering the entire surface of the statue. With methacrylate the flaking paint could be fixed and the surface of the cast iorn stabilized. Rusty areas were derusted mechanically and then coated with an thin layer of the same metacrylate. The aim of the retouching was to bring out an improvement in the optical presentation of the Bodhisattva.


  • academic institution: Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien
  • kind of theses:  Diplomarbeit
  • main Tutor:  Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Gabriela Krist
  • date:  2001
  • pages:  155
  • pictures:  514

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