Double Five Panel Doors Made of Elm with Antique Bronze Handles
The narrow double doors offer an off-center entrance to this Eastern dwelling. Each door is framed into five raised panels, with a wide bottom rail. The three top-most panels are all of equal size and are rectangles standing up on their short sides. The bottom two panels are also the same size, but not equal in size to the top panels. These two panels' long sides are parallel to the rails, or the horizontal parts of the door. The doors are made of elm, a wood popular for furniture in Northern China. Only one door, the door to the right, has visible hardware. The knob is affixed to a decorative plate with an antique brass finish. The doors themselves are hung on pivots instead of hinges. The pivot affixed to the hanging stiles, which are the vertical part of the door frame on the outside edge, not the edge where the doors meet.