The sarcophagus of Wirkak, an 86-year-old Sogdian caravan leader, 580 CE. This Iranian culture was among the most important merchant societies on the Silk Road. The tomb imitates Chinese domestic architecture and the epitaph is bilingual. Studded doors are flanked by four-armed guards. Xi'an, China.
The Mangyongdae Schoolchildren's Palace. The architecture was inspired by a mother's arms (in this case, the "Mother Party") embracing its children.
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NASA's Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-117) "rolls back into high bay 1 of the Vehicle Assembly Building from Launch Pad 39A" in 2007 at the NASA John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA. Photographer: Jeff Wolfe, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) [1993 x 3000]