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The stool is coated in black lacquer. Its round seat is inlaid with cloisonné in the design of two dragons chasing a pearl. Raised moldings stretch from the edge of the seat down the waist (shu yao, i.e., the recessed part under the seat of a chair, or under the top of a table). Above the waist, this stool is inlaid with five carved openwork ornamental panels. Between the waist and the apron is the stepped apron molding, a component designed to rationalize the structure. Legs curve outward with the ends scrolling inwards imitating clouds. Finely ground mother-of-pearl is inlaid all over the lacquer surface, making the stool shiny and luxurious.