Fo Gui cabinet
Product Id
BEJ-08006
Description
2-door large cabinet in original natural wood colour. This cabinet is a typical Shanxi Ming style cabinet called "Fo Gui", which means buddha cabinet. Characteristic of this kind of cabinet is the three-sectioned door. The top part represents heaven, the middle represents human beings,and the lower part represents the earth. This would have likely been used as storage cabinet by a wealthy buddhist family in the Shanxi area.
Dimensions
H181 x D141 x W65 cm
Material
elm wood
Origin
China Shanxi
Age
circa 200 years
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History

Revival and Collapse

Hongwu(1368-1398)
Yongle(1403-1424)
Kangxi(1661-1722)
Qianlong(1736-1795)
Ming Dynasty : 1368 - 1644
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Culture

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