late Ming (1368–1644) or early Qing (1644–1911) dynasty
Wood (huanghuali or Dalbergia odorifera)
H. 34 7/8 in. (88.6 cm); W. 21 3/4 in. (55.2 cm); L. 124 in. (315 cm)
Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 1976
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 218
This table was probably used as an altar along with a complement of ritual vessels for performing the prescribed ancestral memorials. The slightly splayed end panels, reticulated with roundels of dragons, are set into shoe feet.