Academic thesis

Susanne Pink: Three painted Ngadha-Wallplanks from Indonesia Earth pigments on hardwood Back
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Abstract: The three Indonesian wall planks from the Ethnographic Museum in Vienna were investigated and one had been conserved. The wall planks came all from the Ngadha region on Flores, Indonesia and were part of a traditional house wall. The outer side is painted with horns of buffalo, figures and decorative bands. Ochre and China clay with natural impurities were used for the colouring. The matte paint presumably had a ‘high pigment volume concentration’ which has resulted in friable and flaking paint. A longitudinal crack splits the object in the upper part of the plank. Drywood termites caused damages at the edges and in the interior of the object. An ultrasonic humidifier was used to consolidate the paint with methyl cellulose. The damaged wood was supported with balsawood. A device for handling, a frame and a storage case were made. The images, which were unclear due to the loss of paint, were reconstructed by simulated retouching using digital imaging.
98 pages, 130 illustrations


  • academic institution: Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien
  • kind of theses:  Diplomarbeit
  • main Tutor:  Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Gabriela Krist
  • assistant Tutor:  -
  • date:  2001
  • Language:  German
  • pages:  98
  • pictures:  130

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