Examples of small lacquer gaming boards raised on short legs have been excavated from Hubei province from tombs dated to as early as the Warring States period.
By the end of the Ming dynasty, the increased supply of rare tropical hardwoods resulted in many of the most prized scholar's objects to be crafted from huanghuali or zitan.
No identical examples of zitan gaming tables appear to have been published.
An example of this weiqi table is seen depicted on a court painting, in the Palace Museum Collection, by the artist Jiao Bingzhen, entitled Classical Ladies, illustrated in Qingdai Gongting Huihua, Hong Kong, 1992, p. 31, bottom right (see fig. 1).
A number of similarly inlaid hardwood gaming boards and tables are in public and private collections. Compare an early Qing huanghuali and jichimu game board with accompanying weiqi counter boxes now in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts included in the Grace Wu Bruce Co., Ltd exhibition, Ming Furniture, Hong Kong, 1995, Catalogue no. 37 and illustrated in Classic Chinese Furniture in the Minneapolis Museum of Art, Minnesota, 1999, nos. 80 and 81. Another, foldable huanghuali gaming board was included in the Grace Wu Bruce exhibition, Classic Chinese Furniture, Hong Kong, 2001-2002, no. 24.
Compare also a number of large square games tables with removable tops revealing the games board and accessories beneath. A 17th century hunaghuali example from the Hung Collection is illustrated in One Hundred Examples from the Mimi and Raymond Hung Collection, New York, 1996, no. 52.