Corner of court-yard, Khatmandu, showing wood carving and terra cotta work
Photographer: Herzog and Higgins
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph from an album of 30 prints credited to Herzog and Higgins, taken in ca. 1901 and part of the Curzon Collection. A view of buildings in Kathmandu showing the traditional crafts of wood-carving and terra-cotta work on doors and windows; wood-carving being a major art form of Nepal. Cities of the Kathmandu Valley such as Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan feature streets lined with joined brick buildings, two or three storeys high, with finely carved wooden balconies, windows and doors, and the rooms are arranged around inner courtyards. Restoration and conservation projects sponsored by UNESCO have kept the art of wood-carving alive in the valley.