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Armrest
清代柏木凭几
Cypress
18th Century
North China
40 x 30 x 19 cm H



armrest_branch
清代柏木凭几
armrest_branch
清代柏木凭几

Use a knarled branch naturally curved in a semicircle with three naturally projecting legs. Polish to a smooth luster. Positioned on a bed or mat, it can support the arm, feet, or head. I have also seen depictions in paintings with ancient men reclining with such stands supporting the feet—the make also curiously antique.
Wen Zhenheng, Superfluous Things (Zhangwu zhi)
Late Ming period.

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