"At last I have the ashes of my sacred ancestor!"―Lao Che[src]
In 1935, Indiana Jones was hired by Lao Che, a Chinese crime lord, to retrieve the ashes. Jones and Wu Han found the ashes, and brought them to Shanghai. Lao Che's son, Kao Kan, attempted to steal the ashes and kill Jones before the official delivery meeting, but Jones stopped him, cutting off his finger.
Jones brought the artifact to Club Obi Wan to trade to Lao Che for some gems, including the Peacock's Eye. While Lao was examining the remains, Willie Scott accidentally caused Lao Che to spill some of the ashes. In the conflict between Jones and Lao Che's men, the table is overturned, and Nurhachi's ashes are further spilled over the club.