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Low-backed Armchair Carved with Hornless Dragon Design

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Period: Ming dynasty (1368-1644)
Medium: huanghuali wood
Date: undated
Dimensions: height: 88 cm, length: 61 cm, width: 46 cm

The back of the armchair is inlaid with a board that is carved in openwork with a pattern of six hornless dragons encircling a medallion of the character for longevity (shou). Three medallions of hornless dragons decorate the space between the inlaid board and the back edge of the seat. 
  Beneath the mat seat are four arch-shaped spandrels ornamenting the space between each leg. Made of cylindrical timbers, the legs are linked by "stepped chair stretchers"-the front one the lowest, the side ones somewhat higher, and the back one the highest.   
  The decorative details are the arch-shaped aprons under the armrests and spandrels beneath the seat. Exquisitely carved in openwork, the hornless dragon design on the back is the most attractive part of the armchair.

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