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Low cabinet with bamboo carving


Early 20th century

  • elm wood
  • 102.5cm wide x 43cm deep x 53cm high

Low cabinets like this were traditionally placed on large platform beds called a kang. They are equally useful in our modern homes as display and storage cabinets.

This cabinet has relief carving of bamboo on the sides. Bamboos flexibility in strong wind is a metaphor for the scholar who has to endure hardship before being successful. As an evergreen bamboo is also a symbol of long life. The geometric carving along the base is a motif of another long life symbol.

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