Forged inscription of Wen Zhengming 文徵明 (1470-1559)
Lacquered wood, water buffalo horn, mother of pearl, and silk strings
H x W x D: 11 x 18.2 x 124.5 cm (4 5/16 x 7 3/16 x 49 in)
Mrs. Chan Wai Fong Yip (died 1969), Hong Kong 
Dr. Shing Yiu Yip, Hong Kong, by descent, to 1999 
Freer Gallery of Art, given by Dr. Shing Yiu Yip in 1999
 In a letter dated April 22, 1999 (see copy in the object file), Dr. Shing Yiu Yip explains how the objects came to be with his mother, Mrs. Chan Wai Fong Yip: "…they came from her family with several qin players, in Guangzhou, and were given or left to her in Hong Kong before World War II, and so probably acquired in the late 30's, as I could remember them from childhood during the War in Hong Kong" (according to Curatorial Note 4 in the object record).