Low tables were essential to early mat-level culture. Prints and paintings show low tables use as display platforms, for playing the qin, or a place to gather.
The present table has the typical C-curved legs that terminate in small scrolls and a smooth, broad surface that shows off the richly grained huanghuali wood. A nanmu example from the Shanxi region, dated to the 17th century, constructed with a slightly elevated platform is illustrated by C. Evarts, C. L. Ma Collection: Traditional Chinese Furniture from the Greater Shanxi Region, Hong Kong, 1999, pp. 218, no. 112.