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Open to the four directions


Name: Four-shelved stand

Period: Joseon Dynasty, 19th century

Location: National Museum of Korea, Fine Arts Gallery

A sabang (four directions) shelf is a piece of furniture that is open on all sides and composed of columns and boards.

This sabang shelf is made of pine and has four columns and four interlocking boards. Although it is taller than other traditional wooden furniture, its simple structure and neat proportions blend well with the design of traditional Korean houses.

The shelf was used to display books or small decorative objects such as celadon.

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