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Dazu Thousand-hand Bodhisattva in China

April 17, 2012

The Dazu Thousand-hand Bodhisattva Statue is located at Baoding Mountain in Chongqing. The statue was first carved in the early Tang Dynasty and during the Song Dynasty. This Statue is 7.7 meters in height and 10.9 meters in width; its orthographic projection area is about 84 square meters, and the total curved surface area is over 210 square meters. The center of Dazu Thousand-hand Bodhisattva Statue is the main Buddha. Around the main Buddha, more than thousand hands holding different sacred vessels were carved on the rock surface in a radial manner. The Dazu Thousand-hand Bodhisattva Statue has the reputation as “the Gem of World’s Rock Carving Art”. In our research institute, 3D laser scanning model was applied to record the current information of the Stature.

Dr. Miaole Hou is Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the Beijing University. She got her PhD in Geodetic Surveyingand Engineering School in 2005 in China. Her research has been focused on cultural heritage conservation, mainly on 3D laser scanning and 3D modeling. She got research funds from NSFC (Natural Science Foundation of China), CMST (China Ministry of Science and Technology), NHB (State Bureau of cultural relics), NSFB (Natural Science Foundation of Beijing) and DAZU Heritage Museum. She attended 30 research projects on 3D laser scanning: the most important one was on the Dazu Thousand-hand Bodhisattva in China. She has published three original full manuscripts and obtained 4 China patents in the following research areas: Specifications for the Disease and Graphic Symbols of Ancient Murals; The Collection Mural Protection Application of Lidar and GIS Technonogy; 3D laser scanning and 3D modeling of Ancient Murals; Ancient Murals in Jian City Based on Ground Complete SpectralImaging Systems.