Incised on bottom; [in Chinese characters: Music surviving from remote antiquity]; seal incised on bottom: To be treasured by sons and grandsons; in ink on the inside of the face board: [Chinese characters: (Constructed ?) in the 2nd year of the Tian Xing Period of the Da Jin (Great Jin) Dynasty (i.e., 1233 AD)].
Reportedly owned by Prince Ting, an uncle of Emperor Hsuan Tung, Beijing, China; by 1932, acquired from Prince Ting's palace by T. C. Fitz Hugh (dealer), Beijing; 1932, sold by Hugh to Mrs. Walter (Mollie B.) May, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; 1940, apparently by descent to Paul B. Affelder (1915-1975), New York; 1975, by inheritance to his wife, Jane E. Affelder, New York; 1981, gift of Affelder to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 13, 1982)
Gift of Jane E. Affelder in memory of Paul B. Affelder