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Eternal Army
Photograph by O. Louis Mazzatenta

Guarding the tomb of Zhu Yafu, a general who served under Emperor Jing, these terra-cotta soldiers stand roughly 20 inches (50 centimeters) tall and compose part of a miniature army 3,000 strong. Intended to protect Zhu in the next world, they instead brought about his early demise: The emperor grew jealous and fearful that any of his generals should have an afterlife army to rival his own, so he threw Zhu into prison, where he later died.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F3
Film Type: Fujichrome 64T
Lens: 35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/4 @ f/8
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Unrecorded
Lighting Techniques: Lights were set off to the side so they wouldn't reflect off the glass.
Special Equipment: Tripod


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