Period: Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

Date: 16th century

Culture: China

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)

Classification: Furniture

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.