Saturday, November 24, 2007

Renovated Christian rock painting from Sudan exhibited

Nauka w Polsce

A unique mural dating back to the 9th/10th century, which was discovered during excavations on the outskirts of the Sudanese village Banganarti, representing the “Descent of Christ into Hell” has been restored and displayed at Poznań Archaeological Museum. The depiction of Christ among sinners, descending into hell to redeem them is painted on a piece of plaster measuring 1.2 metres by 2 metres. It can be viewed in Poznań over the coming year.

“This painting, uncovered three years ago, was gradually deteriorating and conservators needed to intervene. The painting was made using watercolours and starch paints on plaster-clay slipware. An outline of the picture was preserved, making restoration possible” – said Dorota Moryto-Naumiak who, as a grantee of the National Centre of Culture, restored the unique artefact.

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