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Pair of official hat chairs
16th century - 17th century

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Role: Designer
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Pair of official hat chairs
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1500
Creation End Date: 1699
Creation Date: 16th century - 17th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Furniture
Materials and Techniques: wood, rattan
Dimensions: H.43-3/8 x W.23-3/4 x D.19 in. (each)
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number:
Credit Line: Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton

These early yokeback armchairs are distinguished by their generous proportions and robust bow-shaped crest rails. In this sense, the chairs relate in form to the wide and stately "meditation" seats of Buddhist monks illustrated in early Chinese paintings. The chairs can be seen as a stylistic interlude between the earlier true meditation chairs with round crest rails and the proportionally taller, more elegant, classic yokeback armchair that had become standard by the late 16th century on view in this gallery. The turned side posts supporting the arms simulate a vase containing a stalk of bamboo symbolizing peace and longevity.

Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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