Playing Card Deck


From: Korea

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number 16494
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Korean
Provenience Korea
Period 19th Century
Date Made 1800 - 1893
Section Asian
Materials Cardboard | Ink
Technique Calligraphy

Deck of playing cards consisting of 61 long, flat cardboard cards called Tujeon (Korean: 투전; Hanja: 鬪牋). Each card is painted with a feather-like motif on one side and the other side with the suit and value. The set consists of six suits with numbers 1-9 in each suit and a General card. There is also one blank card for a total of 61 cards. The suits are: Man, Fish, Pheasant, Antelope, Rabbit, and Horse. Each card has its value written on it using arabic numerals near the middle. These numbers may have been added by the collector.

Length 19.5 cm
Width 1.5 cm
Credit Line Gift of W. H. Wilkinson, 1893

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