All the Same Under the Sun

Two variations, new and antique, of the altar table coffer, pronounced men-hu chu in Chinese.

You can see the difference in tastes from the exposing of wood joinery tenons and elaborate hand hammered hardware; the modern creation prefers in hiding and simplifying while building on the tradition with overall size for modernity. Also, it shows the refinement exuded by polished rosewood versus the oxidization of country rustic elmwood.