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Low Table

Asian Art

On View: Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)
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.
MEDIUM Wood, lacquer, mother of pearl inlay, gilt bronze
  • Place Made: Japan
  • DATES 12th-14th century
    PERIOD Kamakura or Nanbokucho Period
    DIMENSIONS 18 1/2 x 37 7/8 x 18 11/16 in. (47 x 96.2 x 47.5 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)
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    ACCESSION NUMBER 75.176
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Amy and Robert L. Poster
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    CAPTION Low Table, 12th-14th century. Wood, lacquer, mother of pearl inlay, gilt bronze, 18 1/2 x 37 7/8 x 18 11/16 in. (47 x 96.2 x 47.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Amy and Robert L. Poster, 75.176. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 75.176_threequarter_SL3.jpg)
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     <em>Low Table</em>, 12th-14th century. Wood, lacquer, mother of pearl inlay, gilt bronze, 18 1/2 x 37 7/8 x 18 11/16 in. (47 x 96.2 x 47.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Amy and Robert L. Poster, 75.176. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 75.176_threequarter_SL3.jpg)

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