Digitization of Historical Relics in the Dunhuang Caves: A combination of research, technology, and art

WU Jian1,2,3,4

(1.Digital Center, Dunhuang Academy, Dunhuang, Gansu 736200)
(2.National Research Center for Conservation of Ancient Wall Paintings and Earthen Sites, Dunhuang, Gansu 736200)
(3.Key Scientific Research Base for Conservation of Ancient Wall Paintings of State Administration of Cultural Heritage, Dunhuang, Gansu 736200)
(4.Key Laboratory for Conservation of Ancient Wall Paintings and Earthen Sites, Dunhuang, Gansu 736200)

【Abstract】This article discusses the cave-temple digitization from the perspectives of research, technology, and art. Firstly, research is foundation for the Dunhuang Caves digitization. It’s necessary to get knowledge of Dunhuang studies to tap its academic value; in accordance with the Law for the Preservation of Antiques, adopt scientific antiques protection concept; make use of professional knowledge of photography and computer to make the digitization project, so as to guide practical work. Secondly, establish workflow and standard specification of digitization, and continuously introduce new technology to adopt multiple technological means to store the data permanently. Finally, enhance application of digitization achievements, developing thought to show audience the Dunhuang Cave of the highest value for the purpose of art.

【Keywords】 digitization of cave-temple; research; technology; art;


【Funds】 National Science and Technology Support Project for digital cultural heritage and the key technology integration research of the cultural tourism of the Silk Road (China Route) (2012BAH43F02)

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(Translated by FAN Yun)


    [1] Fan Jinshi. The Application of Digitization to the Protection and Display of the Dunhuang Caves. Dunhuang Studies, (6): 1–3 (2009)

    [2] Rong Xinjiang. Eighteen Lectures on Dunhuang. Peking: Beijing University Press, 1 (2001).

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CN: 62-1007/K

Vol , No. 02, Pages 125-129

April 2015


Article Outline



  • Introduction
  • 1. Research as a foundation
  • 2. Technological support
  • 3. Purpose of this project: the art
  • References