Small Dining Table

unknownRepublic of Korea/Joseon Dynasty

National Folk Museum of Korea

National Folk Museum of Korea

Hojokban, or a small dining table with tiger legs, is a small dining table whose legs resemble those of a tiger, and it is also called hogakban (tiger-leg small dining table). The tabletop is generally dodecagonal, or circular in some cases. The tabletop and the edges are generally carved from one piece of wood, and decorated with wooden panels under the tabletop supported by four legs. It was the most widely used form of small dining table. In Naju, South Jeolla Province, it was made by joining wooden bars to the edges of the tabletop to raise the edges, rather than carving one piece of wood. Tiger-foot dining tables were widely used throughout the country since it was relatively easy to produce, with the exception of South Jeolla Province. It was usually made of ginkgo or locust wood. Small tables with legs that resemble those of an animal can be found in the ancient tomb murals of Goguryeo.

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  • Title: Small Dining Table
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: Republic of Korea/Joseon Dynasty
  • Location: 한국
  • Physical Dimensions: Height 27.5 Diameter 39.5
  • Type: Eating/Tableware/Small Dining Table/Small Table
  • Medium: Animal born and horn and seashell/Mother-of-pearl