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Lecture

Decoding of the Ceiling Styles in the Bamiyan Cave Temples: Fusion of Timbered Construction and Masonry Construction

Date:Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 19:00-21:00
Venue:K-222, the Koshien Hall
Lecturer:Mr. Shigeru Kubodera (Director of Historical Research Institute for Architectural Decoration Technology)

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Mr. Kubodera, Director of Historical Research Institute for Architectural Decoration Technology

We held a lecture titled “Decoding of Ceiling Styles in Bamiyan Cave Temples: Fusion of Timbered Construction and Masonry Construction” inviting Mr. Kubodera, Director of in Architectural decorate technical history laboratory as the lecturer. He took a lot of photos he has taken during his field survey in 2005-2006.

He began with the purpose and the situation of the field survey saying “We need to record the Bamiyan cave temples. Because they will be lost in future, even if we do the best to keep them.

We took photos of the four walls, the ceiling and the floor of all the caves which we were able to access.” We understood that the ceilings of cave temples have their own characteristic expression techniques area by area. The ones in Lonmen have stone mason, the ones in Dunhuang painting and plaster, the ones in Kezier plaster, and the ones in Bamiyan plaster and clay figure. Especially the stones in Bamiyan caves were of coarse grain and easy to collapse, and so, they needed plasterer’s finish work after chiseling. Having explained the outline, basic architectural knowledge and ceiling styles in Bamiyan, he referred to the ceiling styles in the caves, dome, squinch and cross vault. Furthermore, he lectured on ceilings and decorations in Buddhist buildings in reference to that of ancient China.

At the end of lecture we had an active question-and-answer session, for example, whether or not they had a dimension system, extent of ceiling style’s propagation area, whether an original wooden ceiling still remains. We came to be interested in the Bamiyan cave ceilings.

We appreciate Mr. Kubodera for his impressive lecture on Bamiyan. It was valuable opportunity for us.