Playing Card Deck


From: China | Shanxi

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Native Name Tian Jiu 天九
Object Number 29-238-34
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Chinese
Provenience China | Shanxi
Period 19th Century
Date Made 1889 - 1893
Section Asian
Materials Paper | Ink
Technique Printed
Iconography Dominoes

48 Tian Jiu, 天九, or Heavens and Nines, playing cards. Rectangular cards with rounded corners. Backs with red and green hexagonal and x motif. Faces with black and red domino spots. Tacky yellow coating.

From Culin publication: "No. 34 - From Shansi province. The card 1-4 being substituted for 1-3, consists of a double Chi lung pack. Total, 48."

Length 10.6 cm
Width 3.1 cm
Credit Line Purchased from William Henry Wilkinson, 1903
Other Number Wilkinson 34 - Collector Number | 29-191-241.6 - Old Museum Number

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