Overall: 18 x 6 3/4 x 3 1/2 in. ( 45.7 x 17.1 x 8.9 cm )
Carved wood tablet with rectangular base into which two vertical pieces fit; exterior of these two vertical pieces includes yellow rectangular panel with Chinese characters; interior painted with characters.
Gift of Mr. Kiliaen Van Rensselaer
written: on label glued to tablet: "The Ancestral Tablet for... /of Hung Sing Sang who died when/he was 10 years old. It was delivered/up to J. I. [sic] April 11. 1857. by said/teacher aged 30 years./FORK [sic] Chaw China."
According to accession records, this object is the ancestral tablet of Hung Sing Sang, who died at the age of 10. The tablet was given to Dr. Boudinot Atterbury in 1857, who gave it to his nephew, the donor. Dr. Atterbury was one of the first medical missionaries to China, and a friend of Li Hung Chang.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.