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Corner Leg Long Table
17th century

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Creator Name: artist unknown
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Corner Leg Long Table
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1600
Creation End Date: 1699
Creation Date: 17th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Furniture
Materials and Techniques: huang hua-li hardwood
Dimensions: H.33-3/4 x W.81 x D.17-7/8 in.
Inscriptions: STICKERS
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 96.29
Credit Line: Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton

Solidly constructed from ample timber with minimal decoration, this long table has everted flanges at each end of its solid plank top suggesting its use as an "altar table." Ming period illustrations, however, provide ample evidence that these long, narrow tables were not used exclusively in domestic worship but also functioned for the display of precious antiques, seasonal flowers, and incense paraphernalia. In this case, the table has been set with a celadon incense burner and formally positioned in front of two protective wall panels built into the end wall of the reception hall specifically to act as a backdrop to an altar setting.

AMICA ID: MIA_.96.29
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: ? The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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