Join V&A Curator and Conservators to discover the story behind a magnificent silver tablet commissioned in 1867 by 79 members of the Chinese community in Hong Kong for James Legge (1815–1897), Scottish missionary, teacher, and giant in Sinology.
James Legge arrived in Hong Kong in 1843 just after the British colony had been established. He made a significant contribution to the Hong Kong society not only as a missionary but also a friend to the Chinese community. In the academic world, he was known for translating monumental volumes of Chinese Classics into English, a task seemed almost impossible even today. This silver tablet was made when Legge first left Hong Kong. Its substantial scale, unusual shape and sophisticated quality suggest a gift most exquisite.