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Altar Coffer

Period:
late Ming (1368–1644) or early Qing (1644–1911) dynasty
Date:
17th–18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Wood (huanghuli or Dalbergia odorifera)
Dimensions:
H. 30 in. (76.2 cm); W. 73 in. (185.4 cm); D. 21 1/8 in. (53.7 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, in honor of Miss Alice Boney, 1976
Accession Number:
1976.344a–d
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 218
This coffer originally served as an ancestral altar. The undivided compartment beneath the three drawers provided storage space for hanging scrolls and other long objects related to ancestral worship.
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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