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Red Sandalwood Table Inlaid with Nanmu Wood Tabletop

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Period: Ming dynasty (1368-1644)
Medium: Red sandalwood with Nanmu wood tabletop
Dimensions: Height: 41.5 cm, width: 53 cm, depth: 31.5 cm

Nanmu wood, a hardwood from southwest China, is inlaid as the tabletop of this rectangular red sandalwood table. Inward-sloping moldings, or "ice-plate edges" (bingpan yan), connect the tabletop with lower components. Between four cylindrical legs are installed humpbacked braces (luoguo zhang) and pillar-shaped struts (ai lao). The longer side has two pillar-shaped struts while the shorter side only one. Splaying out, the legs are linked with stretchers to insure stability. Such simplicity of design typifies Ming dynasty furniture.

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