Rectangular and incomplete limestone slab, both ends are jagged and the back is uneven where it was hacked away from the wall. The decoration is carved in smooth relief out of an irregular striated background. It comprises three registers, separated by bands, the top register bordered by a continuous band of linked hemispheres and the bottom register bordered by a band of repeated lines of wave formation. Each register contains figures of men, fantastic animals and birds. Five small cartouches contain characters and are placed beside figures at either end of a register.
The style of decoration of this stone slab taken from the wall of a tomb indicates that it is likely it came from Shandong province in eastern China. The designs resemble those on the walls of a famous group of offering shrines erected between AD 147 and 168 in front of tombs of the aristocratic Wu family. The sculpture was probably mass-produced from a workshop in the area. So far only one of the figures on the V&A slab has been identified, at the left of the middle register. He is Qu Boyu, one of the disciples of Confucius. The Shandong peninsula was where Confucius had lived and taught, and the aristocracy of this region were proud of their special role as guardians of his legacy.