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China's Shang Culture



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Vessel of the Spirits
Photograph by O. Louis Mazzatenta

Some 3,500 years ago this jue held wine, though probably not the grape variety. More likely it was a hard-alcohol drink made from millet or other grains. Such beverages were of enormous religious significance to the Shang, who used alcohol to induce a trancelike state for communicating with gods and ancestors who dwelled in the world beyond.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: 100mm f/2.8 Nikon macro
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/8

Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Unrecorded
Lighting Techniques: I used Comet 1200 watt second strobes with soft boxes.



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