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Saturday, September 10, 2005

Killer mold destroying ancient tomb art

From the Asahai Shimbun:

Ruinous black mold is eating into an ancient mural here that has been designated a national treasure. The drawing of a white tiger in the seventh- to eighth-century Takamatsuzuka tomb was already known to be deteriorating badly, prompting a renewed effort by the Cultural Affairs Agency to preserve this valuable artifact from Japan's past.
Pictures of drawings similar to the ones described above and more about ancient Japanese tombs here. A photo of art from the tomb itself may be found in this article here, but it doesn't show the tiger or dragon...


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