Tablet

Tablet
Tablet
Title
Tablet
Date 
1840-1857
Medium 
Wood
Dimensions 
Overall: 18 x 6 3/4 x 3 1/2 in. ( 45.7 x 17.1 x 8.9 cm )
Description 
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.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mr. Kiliaen Van Rensselaer
Object Number 
1947.24
Marks 
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."
Gallery Label 
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.
Creative: Tronvig Group