Yuan Six Drawers Temple Chest

About 700 years old
Elm, natural minerals
Shanxi

This chest probably was placed in a temple, judging from the burnt marks and the use of seven mineral colors, which was commonly used to decorate temple items. It is beautifully deep- carved and decorated with natural mineral colors. The motifs of flowers and grass were common in Yuan period because China was invaded by Mongols from the north, who were mostly herdsmen and nomads, and easily identify with things in nature such as flowers, grass, birds, and animals. They live mostly in tents and had little identification with wooden structures as housing.