Volume XL-5/W7
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-5/W7, 159-164, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprsarchives-XL-5-W7-159-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-5/W7, 159-164, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprsarchives-XL-5-W7-159-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  11 Aug 2015

11 Aug 2015

Characterization of Ancient Tripitaka

Y. X. Gong, L. Geng, and D. C. Gong Y. X. Gong et al.
  • Faculty of History and Archaeology of Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China

Keywords: Tripitaka, Fiber Analysis, Thin-Layer Chromatography, Indigo

Abstract. Tripitaka is the world’s most comprehensive version of Buddhist sutra. There are limited numbers of Tripitaka currently preserved, most of them present various patterns of degradation. As little is known about the materials and crafts used in Tripitaka, it appeared necessary to identify them, and to further define adapted conservation treatment. In this work, a study concerning the paper source and dyestuff of the Tripitaka from approximate 16th century was carried out using fiber analysis and thin-layer chromatography (TLC). The results proved that the papers were mainly made from hemp or bark of mulberry tree, and indigo was used for colorizing the paper. At the end, we provide with suggestions for protecting and restoring the ancient Tripitaka.