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Reception Hall
This is the equivalent of the parlor in western homes. It is a formal room used to entertain
guests, hold weddings or funerals, and was not normally used for daily living.
A long narrow table with recessed legs for serving was placed in front of a moveable wooden wall.
Chairs were placed in symmetrical rows facing each other. Often another side chair or folding chair was
placed in front of the table. The scroll painting could be rolled up and stored. It could be changed easily to suit the
occasion or the season. Rugs and hangings could be added and stored when the room was not in use.
Most of the furniture is huanghuali wood
Ming Dynasty

(c) Marilyn Shea, 2006, 2007