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Low tables in this shape were used in ritual contexts, where they supported offerings or religious texts. This type of eight-legged table, lacquered in black and red with mother-of-pearl inlay, is associated with Shintō rituals and particularly with Kasuga-taisha, the important Shintō shrine in Nara, where similar tables are still in use.
Wood, lacquer, mother of pearl inlay, gilt bronze
Kamakura or Nanbokucho Period
18 1/2 x 37 7/8 x 18 11/16 in. (47 x 96.2 x 47.5 cm)
Gift of Amy and Robert L. Poster
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