Fine Asian Furniture & Art
Circa: Early/Mid-Qing (Qing Era 1644-1912CE)
Region: North China
Dimensions: 10’6”w x 38.5”h x 19.5d”
Condition: Very good, original lacquer gone
This classically ‘huanghuali styled’ altar is relatively large for a temple table. The top is solid timber, legs flare ever so gently out, everted flanges are elegantly pleasing, and double dragon motif repeats in leg panels and aprons. The carving is of very high quality - round and deep high relief. Cypress wood, very durable and moisture resistant, is good for furniture. This wood’s texture, depth and warmth is pleasing to eye and hand.
Modern Buddhist and Taoist homes use altars for traditional daily rituals. Carved figures, water, flowers, incense, candles, ancestral icons and food are placed on the altar symbolizing generosity, compassion, equanimity, concentration, wisdom and mindfulness - qualities requiring devoted practice if they are to be attained.
This piece is remarkable and rare.
Cypress Altar Table
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