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When we went to “Treasures of China” exhibition in Bucharest, there was a really interesting item: an imperial table clock with gilt bronze hatstand. So it is a table clock – it looks lovely, as you can see, so yes, it could definitely be used for this purpose – but also as a support for hats? I get objects with multiple uses, I admit though that I find this one as a curiosity. I would have never thought of a table clock to be used as well as a support for hats.
I guess this is the charm of discovering different cultures: always finding out something new, coming with new perspectives 😉
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