Textures from the Imperial palace ~ Hue, Vietnam
Dec 06 2001

Looking closely at the intricate mosaics in the Imperial Palace, I thought a restoration crew was short on funds and had been forced to use whatever material came to hand. The green bamboo in the bottom left is bottle glass and the clouds on the bottom right are made up of broken bits of porcelain. I later read that the Vietnamese kings used second hand items to emphasize their humility, easy to do when you're the richest man in the land.

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nigel & julie snow