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The renowned Ming style can be divided into three periods. The “Ming Shi Jaiju – Ming Style” refers to the shape of cabinets from the first period of the Ming dynasty (1304-1644). During the second half of the Ming period there was a decrease in the supply of expensive wood types like huanghuali, zitan and jichimu. However, there were perfect alternatives in the form of Yumu, a medium hardwood, and later Hongmu Yumu – both high quality types of zelkova.