A Korean wood low table Soban, circa 19th century with dodecagonal galleried top, shaped apron, curved "tiger" legs and stretchers. The top is a single plank of wood. REF: Traditional Korean Furniture (page 82, photo 89) by Man Sill Pai. Measures 17"x17"11". Weight 4 pds.Tiger-legged tables were favored for ritual use in the royal palace. Soban are small tray-like tables, usually wooden, used in Korea for carrying food and as individual dining tables. They are generally made of walnut, pine or ginkgo wood, often sourced from the carpenter's local area. Carvings and murals showing images of soban have been found in tombs dating back to the time of the Goguryeo kingdom. As well as being used for dining, soban were also used for general carrying tasks, as writing desks and as small altars for prayers or for burning incense. PROVENANCE: A Tokyo Japan / Charleston SC Private Estate.