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postgraduate thesis: Guarding the guardians: a closer look at claystatues of guardian gods in Hong Kong temples : materials, techniquesand damages

TitleGuarding the guardians: a closer look at claystatues of guardian gods in Hong Kong temples : materials, techniquesand damages
Authors
Issue Date2011
PublisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
Abstract
This dissertation addresses the characteristics and material properties of clay statues of Guardian Gods in Hong Kong temples. Guardian God statues in Hong Kong temples are usually represented as a pair, flanking the main deity and are usually the approximate height of a person. The statues under study in this dissertation may be categorized as Hong Kong’s vernacular temple sculpture of the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and The Republic of China Period (1911-1949), as most of the statues are approximately 50 to 150 years old. This dissertation documents general information about the statutes and includes an inventory of specific statues in Hong Kong SAR, in combination with a detailed case study of a particular statue currently deposited in the Conservation Section of Hong Kong Heritage Museum. By describing and documenting the damages of the statues and discussing the physical properties of the encountered materials, theories for the reasons of the damages are made. The research about the characteristics, materials and techniques and damages to the statues serves in preparation to find an appropriate conservation concept for the case study statue, and aims to provide information for possible future conservation concepts for similar statues.
DegreeMaster of Science in Conservation
SubjectStatues - Conservation and restoration - China - Hong Kong.
Dept/ProgramConservation

 

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dc.contributor.authorSchwantes, Gesa.-
dc.date.issued2011-
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation addresses the characteristics and material properties of clay statues of Guardian Gods in Hong Kong temples. Guardian God statues in Hong Kong temples are usually represented as a pair, flanking the main deity and are usually the approximate height of a person. The statues under study in this dissertation may be categorized as Hong Kong’s vernacular temple sculpture of the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and The Republic of China Period (1911-1949), as most of the statues are approximately 50 to 150 years old. This dissertation documents general information about the statutes and includes an inventory of specific statues in Hong Kong SAR, in combination with a detailed case study of a particular statue currently deposited in the Conservation Section of Hong Kong Heritage Museum. By describing and documenting the damages of the statues and discussing the physical properties of the encountered materials, theories for the reasons of the damages are made. The research about the characteristics, materials and techniques and damages to the statues serves in preparation to find an appropriate conservation concept for the case study statue, and aims to provide information for possible future conservation concepts for similar statues.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)-
dc.relation.ispartofHKU Theses Online (HKUTO)-
dc.rightsThe author retains all proprietary rights, (such as patent rights) and the right to use in future works.-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.source.urihttp://hub.hku.hk/bib/B47967274-
dc.subject.lcshStatues - Conservation and restoration - China - Hong Kong.-
dc.titleGuarding the guardians: a closer look at claystatues of guardian gods in Hong Kong temples : materials, techniquesand damages-
dc.typePG_Thesis-
dc.identifier.hkulb4796727-
dc.description.thesisnameMaster of Science in Conservation-
dc.description.thesislevelmaster's-
dc.description.thesisdisciplineConservation-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.date.hkucongregation2011-

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