koshou 胡床
KEY WORD : architecture / folk dwellings
Also shougi 床几. A folding chair or a stool. These folding chairs were derived from the chairs used by the Huns (Jp: Fun 匈), Mongolian nomadic tribes, and were imported from China to Japan. There is an 8c koshou in the *Shousouin 正倉院 which is made of zelkova wood with red lacquer. It is square and has four legs. From the Heian period on the term koshou was applied specifically to the folding chairs used by the nobility when travelling or attending certain ceremonies.


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