Couch Bed (Luohanchuang)

Artist/maker unknown, Chinese

Made in China, Asia

19th century

Lacquered wood with incised and painted decoration; brass fittings.

43 1/4 inches x 7 feet 9 inches x 56 inches (109.9 x 236.2 x 142.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

* Gallery 226, Asian Art, second floor

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Purchased with the John T. Morris Fund, 1967

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This 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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