Period: Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date: 16th century
Medium: Wood (Huanghuali/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)
Credit Line: Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 1976
Accession Number: 1976.193.8a–o
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.