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Period: Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Medium: cedar wood
Date: undated
Dimensions: height: 82 cm, length: 91 cm, depth: 90 cm

The ice chest served as a refrigerator. For opening the ice chest, each lid has a pair of holes made in the shape of circular bronze coins. A removable tray was installed inside the box. In summer times, ice blocks were placed under the tray to keep the food above fresh and cool. The inside of the icebox is lined with lead to insulate against warm temperatures.   

  The ice chest rests on a cedar wood stand with gilt-bronze sheaths protecting the corners, the recessive part, and the shoulder of the outward curving legs. A floor stretcher is attached to the feet. The ice chest is free of excessive decoration. It was simply designed and yet useful.

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