One of the first datable boshanlu was excavated from the tombs at Mancheng, Hebei, of Liu Sheng (died 113 B. C.) and his wife Dou Wan. The example from Liu Sheng's tomb, made without a dish, was inlaid in gold. The boshanlu found in Dou Wan's tomb is very closely related to the present example, with a figural support seated on a dragon-like creature, now in the Hebei Provincial Museum and illustrated by Jessica Rawson in the exhibition Catalogue, Mysteries of Ancient China, British Museum, London, 1996, p. 172, no. 82; see, also William Watson, Art of Dynastic China, New York, 1981, fig. 294 for the same figure.
Another similar boshanlu, presumably missing its dish, in the collection of Mrs. Christian Holmes included in the International Exhibition of Chinese Art, Royal Academy, London, 1935-36, Catalogue, no. 394 and now in the William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art, Kansas City, is illustrated by J. Fontein and Tung Wu in the Catalogue of the exhibition, Unearthing China's Past, Boston, 1973, p. 106.