The Shang civilization was based on agriculture, hunting, and raising animals. Bronze was used extensively. In fact, bronze-making was a symbolic feature of the Shang era. It represented power and class. It was used only by the higher classes and usually for religious practices. Therefore, Shang dynasty is also known as the Bronze dynasty. Bronze was used to make vessels, wares, and weapons. Along with bronze, people also used jade and porcelain objects.