Forged inscription of Wen Zhengming 文徵明 (1470-1559) Search this
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)
Previous custodian or owner:
Mrs. Chan Wai Fong Yip (died 1969)
Dr. Yip Shing Yiu (Chinese, born 1933)
Mrs. Chan Wai Fong Yip (died 1969), Hong Kong 
Dr. Yip Shing Yiu, Hong Kong, by descent, to 1999 
Freer Gallery of Art, given by Dr. Yip Shing Yiu 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).
 Dr. Yip Shing Yiu donated to the museum in 1999, see acquisition file.