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Memorial Altar Table (Che-sang)

Asian Art

MEDIUM Wood, lacquer
DATES late 19th century
DYNASTY Joseon dynasty
DIMENSIONS 27 11/16 × 48 × 28 1/4 in. (70.3 × 121.9 × 71.8 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Carroll Family Collection
CAPTION Memorial Altar Table (Che-sang), late 19th century. Wood, lacquer, 27 11/16 × 48 × 28 1/4 in. (70.3 × 121.9 × 71.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Carroll Family Collection, 2020.18.16 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.TL2020.25.13_overall.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.TL2020.25.13_overall.jpg. Brooklyn Museum, 2020
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Wide rectangular table with four straight legs attached at the sides with straight struts at three points. Apron on front and back cut in scalloped waves, extending beyond the legs to bracket the flat top. Tables of this type were used in ancestral rites for the placement of food and other offerings, usually installed immediately before altars containing the spirit plaques of individual family ancestors. While the higher altars remained in place, the offering tables could be removed, sometimes disassembled (it is unclear if these legs are removable), and stored elsewhere when rituals were not taking place.
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