(26 Jul 2023) Step inside the National Library of China and peruse over fifty restored ancient books, carefully selected from a collection of 16,000 Dunhuang manuscripts. Discovered in the Mogao Caves over a century ago, these documents dating back from the 4th to 11th centuries offer an insight into the history and culture of the dynasties over time.
This tremendous undertaking is led by Hu Bo, who is the head of the Document Restoration Team at the National Library of China.
His team operates in a 600-square-meter workshop, where they constantly restore ancient books. Each desk holds a priceless book awaiting the expertise of these “book doctors.” Preparation work, often longer than the restoration process itself, is essential for a successful outcome.
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