National Geographic : 1920 Oct
250 TlHE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIIC MAGAZINE STEPS \VI'lTI CARVED FIGURES OF MEN AND ANIM.\LS, ,LADINGTO AN ELABORATELY CARVED IOUSE IN UIIATGAON As nature abhors a vacuum, so the Nepalese seem to avoid a smooth surface. Even steps are relieved by carved figures. They excel in wood and metal-work; their stone carving is apt to be more crude. Despite this profusion of decoration, their architecture does not suggest the "gingerbread" type, but rather the delicate intricacy of a Belgian cathedral.