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Period: Ming dynasty (1368-1644)
Medium: huanghuali wood
Dimensions: height: 231 cm, length: 218.5 cm, width: 147.5 cm

The bed has a roof that is supported by six posts rising from the corners and front edge of the bed. The lattice panels hung from the roof edges are carved with floral designs in openwork. Enclosing the bed on three sides and part of the facade, the railing is made up of short pieces joined together to form a pattern of linked sriratsa (卍). Crossbars above the railings connect the neighboring posts to enhance the structure. 
  Under the woven bamboo bed surface are arch-shaped aprons. The "horse hoof" feet of the cabriole legs are designed in the shape of scrolling clouds.   
  The canopy bed was widely used in the humid, hot South. It was draped with gauze curtains in the summer to ward off mosquitoes and cotton cloth in winter to keep in warmth.

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