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Safe House
Photograph by Robert Clark

A ceramic model of a fortified grain tower displays the colorful architecture of the Han period. Such models, often measuring between four and five feet (about one-meter) tall, have been found in the tombs of rich Han landowners. The actual towers stood three to six stories high and provided safety when brigands swept through villages from Pan Yu, now Canton, in the south up to the northwestern Silk Road. With a lookout post on top, farmer-soldiers on the lower balconies, and livestock and grains within the walls, these fortified manors could offer months of refuge from bandits.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: 105mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/30 @ f/8
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Unrecorded
Lighting Techniques: Strobe lights with soft boxes


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