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History's Great Weight
Photograph by O. Louis Mazzatenta

In Shanghai a giant reproduction of an ancient bronze ding, or cauldron, serves as a visible reminder that China's past may be gone but is never forgotten. Three thousand years ago much smaller ding were used to make ritual offerings of food and drink to ancestors. According to texts from the Zhou people, who conquered the Shang, if a king no longer had the wealth and power to produce ritual bronzes, it was a sign that he had lost heaven's mandate and that his days on the throne were numbered.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: 24-80mm f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/5.6

Weather Conditions: Overcast
Time of Day: 3 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: Natural light



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