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Tablet

Object Number: 
1947.24
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 )
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."
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.
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, a young physician of New York City, left on the 27th of August for San Francisco, to sail for Pekin, China, under appointment by the Presbyterian Board, as a medical missionary. He received the decoration of the Imperial Order of the Double Dragon, Second Degree, for his services to the wounded in connection with the work of the Red Cross Society during the 1894 Sino-Japanese War. Dr. Atterbury was a friend of politician, general and diplomat, Li Hung Chang.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Kiliaen Van Rensselaer
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group