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Side Table

Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
16th century
Wood (huanghuali, or Dalbergia odorifera)
H. 34 in. (86.4 cm); W. 54 1/4 in. (137.8 cm); D. 17 1/2 (44.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 1976
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 218
This elegantly simple table would have been used to hold books, small objects, or the Chinese zither (qin). Its rectilinear design and butterfly-corner legs with stretchers are derived from early box construction.
[ R. H. Ellsworth Ltd. , New York, until 1976; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Ming Furniture Room," 1998.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Re-Installation of The Ming Furniture Room," 2008.

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