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Wardrobe

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
16th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Wood (Huanghuali, or Dalbergia odoriferal); metal fittings
Dimensions:
H. 103 3/4 in. (263.5 cm); W. 56 in. (142.2 cm); D. 24 3/4 in. (62.9 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 1976
Accession Number:
1976.193.7a–o
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 218
The closet as we know it did not exist in China. Instead, capacious wardrobes like this one were used for storage. The lower compartments were for clothing and bedding, the upper one for hats.
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