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  Iron Sea

 

China

The Iron Sea, is a large, ancient vessel, used in former times in Chinese temples and palaces, to store large volumes of water in case of a fire. It is made from iron and large ones may weigh up to a thousand kilograms.

 

The name Iron Sea is a literal translation from its Chinese term and hints that its water is inexhaustible, akin to that of the sea.

 

  Iron Sea