Small Table

unknownRepublic of Korea/Joseon Dynasty

National Folk Museum of Korea

National Folk Museum of Korea

This is a small dining table made in Naju, South Jeolla Province. These tables are mostly made in a rectangular or polygonal shape, while the edges are softened in a round shape. In most cases, the edges were reinforced using a separately carved additional frame that was thicker than the overall frame. Supported by four legs, the top board is decorated underneath with cloud-patterned openwork or ornaments. The legs are connected to the top board using mortise and tenon joints. The legs are connected in the middle by tightly interlocking and protruding horizontal wooden bars that support the weight of the table and provide stability, which is a typical characteristic of small tables produced in Naju. The table shown here has bamboo joint-shaped legs, while shapes of dog, rabbit, or tiger legs were also widely used for the legs. These legs are bent slightly outward towards the lower part before curving inwardly again at the end, resembling an animal standing with the hind legs spread for balance. The top board is mostly made of ginkgo, although sawleaf zelkova wood is also widely used for its beautiful grain. The leg parts are made of pine wood, and lacquer is sometimes applied.

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  • Title: Small Table
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: Republic of Korea/Joseon Dynasty
  • Location: 한국
  • Physical Dimensions: Height 21.5 Length 25 Width 26.5
  • Type: Eating/Tableware/Small Dining Table/Small Table
  • Medium: Wood