Bronze Ding was one of the most important artifacts in ancient China. It was used to cook meats for important occasions, such as ancestor worshiping and imperial festivals. It is the symbol of grandness, importance and honesty. Ding was the most precious gift an emperor would offer to foreign nations. The tradition was kept when China presented one to the United Nations in commemoration to the 50th anniversary of UN. The Chinese character of Ding comes from the shape of this magnificent artifact.