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Strahan, Donna

Head, Conservation and Scientific Research

Ancient metallurgy and Asian lacquer technology and treatments.

Geographic Focus

Background And Education

Education And Training


Selected Publications

  • Article

    • Laursen, Sarah and Strahan, Donna. 2014. "Art and Technology in a Chinese Gold Cicada Plaque." Archives of Asian Art, 64, (1) 43–57. 2014
    • Strahan, Donna and Tsukada, Masahiko. 2014. "Measuring Mercury Emissions from Cinnabar lacquer Objects." Studies in Conservation: Supplement 1, 59 S137–S140. 2014
    • Aylward, William, Strahan, Donna, and Marx, William. 2011. "Elemental Identification of Artifacts and Pigments from Ancient Ilion with X-ray Fluorescence." Studia Troica, 19 57–68. 2011
    • Strahan, Donna. 2010. "Piece-Mold Casting: A Chinese Tradition for Fourth and Fifth Century Buddha Images." Metropolitan Museum Studies in Art, Science, and Technology, 1 133–155. 2010
  • Book

    • Leidy, Denise Patry, Strahan, Donna K., and Becker, Lawrence. 2010. Wisdom Embodied: Chinese Buddhist and Daoist Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press. 2010
  • Chapter

    • Strahan, Donna and Korolnik, Simone. 2014. "Archaeological Conservation." In Troia 1987-2012: Grabungen und Forschungen 1: Forschungsgeschichte, Methoden und Landschaft. 520–533. Bonn: Dr. Rudolf Habelt GMBH. 2014
    • Strahan, Donna, Becker, Lawrence, and O'Connor Ariel. 2014. "“Technical Observations on Casting Technology in First-Millennium Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam”." In Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia. Guy, John, editor. 267–271. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2014
    • Strahan, Donna. 2011. "Uranium in Glass, Glazes, and Enamels." In Health & Safety for Museum Professionals. Hawks, Catherine A. and Butts, Susan H., editors. 456. New York: Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections. 2011
    • Strahan, Donna and Fenn, Mark. 2007. "A Transfer of Technology: Jade Abrasive Methods Used to Create Inscriptions in Ancient Chinese Bronzes." In Scientific Research on the Sculptural Arts of Asia: Proceedings of the Third Forbes Symposium at the Freer Gallery of Art. Douglas, Janet G., Jett, Paul, and Winter, John, editors. 26–36. London: Archetype Publications. 2007
  • Conference Paper

    • Lauffenburger, Julie, Strahan, Donna, and Gates, Glenn. 2016. "Two Bayon-Period Khmer Bronzes in the Walters Art Museum: Technical Study Revisited." from Metal 2016: Proceedings of the Interim Meeting of the ICOM-CC Metals Working Group, September 26-30, 2016. 31–38. 2016
    • Strahan, Donna. 2012. "An Enlightened Journey: Transitions in Casting of Chinese Buddhist Images." from Scientific Research on Ancient Asian Metallurgy: Proceedings of the fifth Forbes Symposium at the Freer Gallery of Art. 73–82. London: Archetype Publications in association with the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution. 2012
  • Information Content Entity

    • Strahan, Donna Kirk. 2017. "Debating the use of Lost-Wax Casting in Ancient China." 2017

Editor Of


  • Exhibit

    • Strahan, Donna (Curator). 2018. "Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha." Washington, DC: Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art,


Teaching Overview

  • Lecturer, Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University