Friday 16 October 2020

British Museum - Behind-the-scenes conservation | Tantra


To the right, golden sculptures and other objects in cases inside the exhibition.

Tantra: enlightenment to revolution

Until 24 January 2021

Featuring masterpieces of sculpture, painting, prints and ritual objects, our 'bewitching' (The Times) exhibition is a groundbreaking exploration of Tantric visual culture, from the Middle Ages to today.

Scroll down to see how our team completed a challenging conservation treatment of a beautiful Tibetan thangka that is on display in the show.

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Conservators Teresa Heady and Alice Derham unroll the thangka on a red workbench.

Behind the scenes

Conservation stories

Conservators Alice Derham and Teresa Heady talk you through the painstaking work of conserving this Tibetan thangka in their blog. 

Follow the process and see what they learnt about this amazing object with help from colleagues in our Scientific Research department. 

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A plate inspired by Tantric designs - radiating lines in red and black emanate from a central figure

Inspired by Tantra

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Browse unique products inspired by the power and beauty of the philosophy of Tantra. 

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