Deng Gua Yi chairs
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Pair of chairs in original wood colour. This style of chair is called "Deng Gua Yi" and is one of the typical styles from the Ming Dynasty.The name 'Deng Gua" comes from the lamp stand which was used in South China villages in the past, because the head of the chair looks similar to the handle of lamp stands which held hanging lamps on each side. These chairs were previously used by common families.
H120 x D42 x W48 cm
elm wood
China Shanxi
circa 150 years
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literally means ‘Mountains’ West’, referring to the fact that it lies west of the Taihang Mountains.  Its one-character abbreviation is Jin, after the state of Jin that existed there during the Spring and Autumn period.
Shanxi borders Hebei to the east, Henan to the south, Inner Mongolia to the north and the province with nearly the same name, Shaanxi, to the west.  Shanxi’s capital is Taiyuan.
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Ming Dynasty : 1368 - 1644
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