Walking around the Imperial Gardens of The Forbidden City in Beijing, many of these large bronze and copper pots can be found scattered around the enormous property. These were a form of ancient fire fighting. Hundreds of these large containers would collect and hold rain water which could then be used in the event of a fire. During the winter, hot coals, fires and covers for these pots would be used to prevent the water from freezing. The above is a simpler design but there were more elaborate and ornamented vats across the gardens. It’s clear these were essential by the durability of the metals used and the sheer number of them throughout the Forbidden City. We thought this simpler design made a great contrast to the ornate and colourful buildings behind.