Curved piece of ivory; slightly rounded corners on top, slight indentation at bottom

Court Tablet (Hu), 17th century

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Gift of Ruth and Bruce Daytonexpand_more  99.86.1

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During the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), ivory hu were used by court officials from the first to fifth rank. These plain tablets were carried by officials while actually in the imperial presence. They denoted the category of the official concerned and were kept by the court doorkeeper as their possession gave access to restricted areas. They were no longer used at court during Ch'ing (1644-1912).

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Court Tablet (Hu)
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Artist
Accession Number
99.86.1
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Curved piece of ivory; slightly rounded corners on top, slight indentation at bottom