ARTstor announces the addition of approximately 400 images to the Mellon International Dunhuang Archive, a collection of images of Buddhist cave shrines in Dunhuang, China. This collection is the product of a major and ongoing multi-institutional, multi-national effort to create high-quality digital reconstructions of mural paintings and related art and texts associated with the several hundred cave shrines in Dunhuang, a uniquely important cultural crossroads on the ancient Silk Route in the Gobi Desert.

Ultimately, the Mellon International Dunhuang Archive seeks to “virtually” reunite and present to scholars a rich body of primary source materials that are relatively inaccessible and difficult to see and study on-site even under optimal circumstances.

To view this collection: go to the ARTstor Digital Library, browse by collection, and click “The Mellon International Dunhuang Archive;” or enter the keyword search: mellon dunhuang (or) mida.

For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Mellon International Dunhuang Archive page.