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Period: Ming dynasty (1368-1644)
Medium: huanghuali wood
Date: undated
Dimensions: height: 188 cm, length: 191.5 cm, width: 57 cm

Two dragon heads ornament the ends of the top bar. The central panel in three sections is inlaid with boards carved in openwork with patterns of hornless dragons. Above the bases of the two posts, each vertical spandrel is carved in openwork with hornless dragon designs.   
  From the plugged mortises on the posts, it is evident that between the central panel and the base there was a second cross bar and lattice panel.   
  The clothes rack is bedroom furniture. Garments were hung from the top bar or the central panel. Because in dynastic times it was customary to wear floor-length robes, the rack is designed fairly high to accommodate long garments without their touching the ground.   
  The rack has a simple, linear design. The decoration suggests imperial style.

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