A Commentary of Langdon Warner and Dunhuang Observiation Group
Liu Jinbao (Dunhuang - ology Research Institute Northwest Normal University,Lanzhou Gansuu 730072, China)
With Langdon Warner as leader, American Harvard University Archaeoiogical Fact -finding Mission came to China in july of 1923, and began their journey to the west. On their way, they inspected and excavated King's mother palace in Jingchuan, Gansu, Edzengol, Inner Mongolia, and so on, then arrived in Dunhuang in january of 1924. They stripped off some frescoes with adhesive tapes and took away a coloured sculpture.In erlier 1925, the observation group led by Langdon Warner came China again, Their major purpose was to strip off all the frescoes of Cave No.285 in the Mogao Grottoes.Meanwhile,it delegated Harvard University and Foundation to elect a companion school to study Chinese culture togather.Later,because of the rise of the Chinese Peoples antiimperialist patriotic movement,Langdon Warner made no success in Dunhuang,At last,Yanjing University was elected,and therefore,Harvard Yanjing Organization was established.At present,the United states of America collects 10 Dunhuang Frescoes,2 coloured sculptures,2 silk paintings,22 volumes of documents.Moreover,it holds 3Halahaote(Black City )frescoes,7Jingchuan King's mother palaces stone carvings.
【CateGory Index】： K870.6