Picture of defaced wooden panel

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China

A collage of defaced wooden panels.

Picture was taken from the houses in the village at the foothills of Mount Huang Shan.

The locals explained to me that during the Cultural Revolution, the young Red Guards came into the houses and told the owners that they are going to destroy all historical relics and artifacts. The only way to save the beautifully carved wooden panels was for the owners to “deface” such panels themselves. As a result most of the figures in the wooden panels in this old village had their faces chipped off.

Photographer: SJ

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