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Rituals during this period required offerings of food and drink, while sacrifices, were made, and it is possible that more than one method was used. The majority, however, appear to have been cast by the cire perdue both human and animal, were funeral rites. made or lost wax process. This process required an original to be especially at The technology and workmanship apparent in these vessels is amazing. For years modern scholars could not modelled in wax, which would then be moulded and cast in bronze.

In such a way that the marks, if any, j^p'^^J would merge with the design. Other methods were employed, Tou including the use of pottery moulds. Several fragments of these moulds have come recent excavations, Some of the shapes of ritual bronze vessels in use during the some concealing minute pieces of bronze, proving that they were in fact used for casting. These pottery moulds were made in several sections with key grooves. When assembled, an inner core would be suspended from the top and the molten bronze poured P'an Chou to light in Shang and dynasties.

Much of the country was covered with forests, which were rich with game of all kinds. The farms were mainly on land that had been cleared in Neolithic times. Agriculture, however, was not a major factor in early Chinese civilization, it was the power and protection of the city that made it possible for specialised activities such as agriculture and husbandry to develop. In addition to protecting the peasants and their produce physically, the royal ritual bronzes. 60 power interceded on their behalf with heaven, to ensure good weather conditions and good harvests.

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