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The Restoration of the Largest Archaelogical Discovery - A Chemical Problem: Conservation of the Polychromy of the Chinese Terracotta Army in Lintong

Langhals H, Bathelt D ...see all

Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, vol. 42, issue 46 (2003) pp. 5676-5681

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Abstract

The conservation of the polychromy of the terracotta army of the first Chinese emperor Qin Shihuangdi represents a special problem because of the deterioration of the ground layer consisting of organic material. This was triggered due to it having spent more than 2200 years in water-saturated soil. The consolidation of the polychromy was achieved through polymerisation of a specially adapted combination of monomers.

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  • Archaeology
  • Hydroxyethyl methacrylate
  • Lacquer
  • Polymerization
  • Terracotta army

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Authors

  • Heinz Langhals

  • Daniela Bathelt

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