As mentioned in the previous post about wall and surface decoration, I have literally hundreds of pictures of this kind. The same rules have been applied to the selection as last time, but I have also created a few “sets” of pictures. So there is a series of wall painting from the White Pagoda in Beihai Park in Beijing. This is a particular favourite of mine and I have the three pictures at home in a single (very large) frame.
There are also two carvings from the doors of San Augustin church in Manila, which is an amazing survival from the Spanish colonial period in the walled city of Intramuros. I used to live about 20 minutes walk away from Intramuros so the cloisters in the church complex were always a place of quiet and calm from the craziness of urban life if needed. The interior of the church is a wonderful riot of colour and baroque charm in the tropics, and probably not at all what most people expect to find in the heat and humidity of the city.
The picture from the summer palace in Beijing has a sad tale to tell – during the Second Opium War the British and the French armies looted and burned the Summer Palaces just outside of Beijing. Part of this wanton destruction involved the hacking off of the heads of the Buddha images on this building – when you see the whole thing you clearly see that above a certain height (out of arm’s reach) the heads remain, but all the lower heads are gone. War is never good for culture, it seems.
As always, enjoy the galleries please feel free to comment.