East Asian Art
Couch Bed (Luohanchuang)Made in China, Asia
Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), c. 1700
Artist/maker unknown, Chinese
Lacquered wood (red lacquer) with incised and painted decoration; brass fittings.
1967-145-1Purchased with the John T. Morris Fund, 1967
LabelThis couch bed would have once graced the elegant women’s quarters of a Chinese palace. The phoenix, depicted on the central panel of the back, has been used both as a symbol of an empress and as a general sign for a female in China. Other images on this piece—such as the multiple pairs of birds and the eight lions and cub playing with embroidered balls—represent conjugal bliss and procreation.
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