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Postgraduate Thesis: Guarding the guardians: a closer look at claystatues of guardian gods in Hong Kong temples : materials, techniquesand damages
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TitleGuarding the guardians: a closer look at claystatues of guardian gods in Hong Kong temples : materials, techniquesand damages
 
AuthorsSchwantes, Gesa.
 
Issue Date2011
 
PublisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
 
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.
 
DegreeMaster of Science in Conservation
 
SubjectStatues - Conservation and restoration - China - Hong Kong.
 
Dept/ProgramConservation
 
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dc.contributor.authorSchwantes, Gesa.
 
dc.date.hkucongregation2011
 
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.description.naturepublished_or_final_version
 
dc.description.thesisdisciplineConservation
 
dc.description.thesislevelmaster's
 
dc.description.thesisnameMaster of Science in Conservation
 
dc.identifier.hkulb4796727
 
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
 
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