Details
IMAGE number
MNS704639
Title
Six-Post Canopy Bed, Ming Dynasty (wood)
Artist
Chinese School (17th century) / Chinese
Location
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN, USA
Medium
wood
Description
The canopy bed was one of the most important pieces of furniture in a Chinese household and the centerpiece of a bride's dowry. Found in the women's quarters, it was generally ornamented with symbolic rebuses auguring a long and happy marriage. The railings of this exceptionally well-crafted bed are decorated with heart-shaped jui (the mythical wish-fulfilling symbol) set against a wan fret pattern signifying ten thousand, which granted the owner the fulfillment of ten thousand wishes. Curtains were hung inside the canopy which, when closed, created a private room within a room.
Photo credit
© Minneapolis Institute of Art / Bridgeman Images
Keywords
bed / beds / furniture / furnishings / carving / carved / symbols / heart-shaped / motif / leg / six-posted / six-post / symbolic / wishes / wish / platform / wood / symbol / legs / pattern / openwork / wooden / dynasty / heart / furniture / hearts / traditional / semi-circular / intricate / wan fret / designs / post / six / chinese / canopy / 'jui' / tradition / design / ming

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Dimension [pixels] Dimension in 300dpi [mm] File size [MB]
Large 3743 × 4381 px 317 × 371 mm 3 MB
Medium 875 × 1024 px 74 × 87 mm 1 MB
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