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Rosewood Sedan Chair
Rosewood Sedan Chair
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The sedan chair is a round-backed armchair. The arm rests, back splat, and the side posts are decorated with kui-dragon carvings. The kui-dragon has a turned-up snout, and is usually shown in profile with only one leg visible. The three small holes at the bottom of the splat are called "brightening-the-feet opening." Here they are carved in a cloud pattern. The bar to lift the chair can be fixed firmly in the recesses at either side of the chair waist. The legs of the chair are standing on a high-waisted footrest, which has a rattan surface. Below the seat an ornamental strip creates a beautifully proportioned opening. Gilt-bronze sheaths wrap the corners of the seat, the waist, and the platform. The curved armrest of the sedan chair was made with a single piece of wood. The lines are rounded and flowing, the carving elegant and refined. Crafted in a simple style, it is a piece of furniture whose pleasant artistic effect has gone beyond its physical function.

History of the Object
The chair was part of the Qing (1644-1911) Court Collection.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Rosewood 
Measurements
Width: 64 cm, depth: 58 cm, height: 107.5 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 14th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
14th Century - 17th Century; Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) 
Function
chair 
Acquisition
Collection of the Imperial Palace 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Palace Museum, Beijing 
Museum
The Palace Museum 
Credit line
Palace Museum, Beijing 

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