"No mortar was used"

Date
1951-52

Author/Creator
Charles Eugene Gail
Recipient
Geri Gail
Description
Photographer's note: "No mortar was used, each block of stone is cut to fit the adjacent ones perfectly. The wall around the Emperor’s palace in Japan looks just like this, except it is not pressed coral stone as this is."

Nakagusuku, an old castle fortification erected during the 1400s by the local war lord Gosamaru, is one of almost 300 fortifications, otherwise known as gusuku, scattered across Okinawa, and has five sacred sites of worship inside the castle walls. Dr. Charles Gail most likely stumbled upon Nakagusuku because of its close location to an American fairground erected in the castle grounds at the time.

(Label by Nirupama Chandrasekhar, Cowell ’20)
Archivist's Notes
Charles Gail Collection
ms0470_pho_1-14a copy
ms0470_pho_1-14b copy

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Citation

Charles Eugene Gail, “"No mortar was used",” The Gail Project, accessed July 21, 2018, https://gailproject.ucsc.edu/items/show/32.

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