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A Ming Dynasty kang table

A Ming Dynasty kang table, ca. 1600-44


Definition: a type of Chinese furniture; a long low table, usually rectangular, typically with short cabriole or elephant-trunk legs and paw or claw feet; often made of a single piece of wood; originally meant to be placed on a kang, a raised three-walled platform used for sleeping or relaxing; dating back to the third century BC, it flourished in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and continued into the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), growing increasingly ornate

Also Known As: Kang Ji, K'ang Chi

Example: The intricately carved apron on the rosewood kang table suggested to the antiques dealer that it had been made for a wealthy customer.

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