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Cabinet, One of Pair

Asian Art

Chinese domestic furniture designed for the private quarters of an upper-class home is often characterized by the elegant simplicity of its design and the beauty that comes from the natural woods. These two massive Cabinets for clothing and household goods have interior shelves and are surmounted by so-called hat cupboards. They are constructed principally of Chinese camphorwood, a fragrant wood that helped repel insects. The mortise and tenon joinery-typically fine Chinese furniture is assembled without the use of nails is visible at the corners where the ends of the through-tenons appear on the sides of the cabinets. The austere form of the cabinets is set off by a band of low-relief design carved along the bottom aprons of the Cabinets.

MEDIUM Zhangmu (Camphorwood)
  • Place Made: China
  • DATES ca. 1600
    DYNASTY Ming Dynasty
    PERIOD Ming Dynasty
    DIMENSIONS 106 1/8 in. (269.6 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 82.174.1
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Feinberg and Dr. and Mrs. Robert Feinberg
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    CAPTION Cabinet, One of Pair, ca. 1600. Zhangmu (Camphorwood), 106 1/8 in. (269.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Feinberg and Dr. and Mrs. Robert Feinberg, 82.174.1. Creative Commons-BY
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