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One of Ten-Piece Set of Altar Tables


Artwork Details

One of Ten-Piece Set of Altar Tables
19th century
gilt and lacquered wood with mirrors
36 7/16 in. x 20 1/4 in. x 10 1/16 in. ( 92.5 cm x 51.5 cm x 25.5 cm )
Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection


Subject Matter:

One of ten-piece wooden altar table set.

Physical Description:

Gilt and lacquered wooden table of ten-piece altar set. Not including the base, the set is designed in three rows, which simultaneously recede from the viewer and increase in height, culminating in one central table that rises above the rest allocated for a statue of the Buddha. Each table is carved along the edges in stylized floral and leaf patterns coated with gold gilt. The wood surfaces of the tables are coated in red lacquer, and with the exclusion of the short, wide base, each table in the set includes a mirror designed to face the viewer.

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