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Buddha Shakyamuni - Sichuan/China

Commissioner

  • Technical University Munich, department of restoration, art technology and conservational sciences
  • sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • in coorperation with the Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage

Project Content

In november 2007, we were able to record several grottos and alcoves of the Yuanjuedong Grotto using a combination of terrestrial 3D laser scanning and concentrating, high resolution structured  light scanning. The examinations commisioned by the Technical University Munich were the basis for the planning of different restoration and conservation procedures.

The grotto system is near the city of Anyue near Mount Yunju. The system can be traced back to the Tang-Dynasty (618–907 AD). It's prime time was during the „Five Dynasties“ (907– 960 AD) and the Song- Dynasty (960–1280 AD). From 400 years of sculpturing, more than 100 grottos with almost 2.000 statues of different size are preserved. The monumental statue of Buddha Shakyamuni is 7 m in height. This grotto was surveyed by us during several night operations with a construction deploying a structured light scanner in a submillimetre range.

Finally, our modelling department created photorealistically coloured, real 3D-models using the recorded data.

Project Pictures

3D-laser scanner LMS Z420i
3D-scanner on chinese scaffold
Full view of the 3D-model (shaded)
Partial view of Buddha - photorealistically textured 3D-model
Detailed 3D-view of the grotto
Final 3D-print of the grotto