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Pig Dig
Photograph by O. Louis Mazzatenta

The ancient Han believed that in death as in life, one must eat meat. These piglets excavated from around Emperor Jing's tomb were to feed him and his underworld court on his arrival in the afterlife, and to grow bigger for his continued nourishment. Hundreds of terra-cotta animals made up the emperor's not-so-vegetarian menu after his death. This excavation, begun more than a decade ago at Yangling, marks the first large-scale dig of a Han emperor's mausoleum.

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Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: 300mm f/2.8 Nikon telephoto lens
Speed and F-Stop: 1/25 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Morning
Lighting Techniques: Available light


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