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Game Stick


Object Number:17608A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Korea
Period: Joseon Dynasty
Date Made: 19th Century - 1895
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 1895
Credit Line:Gift of Dr. E. B. Landis, 1896


About an inch in length, this game stick known as bahm-nyout (밤윳)is white and flat on one side while black and convex on the other. There are four sticks in this set. They are usually made of the wood of a thick, bushy tree like the prunus. The convex side of the blocks is blackened by charring. They were used to play nyout-nol-ee or nyout playing (윳놀이).

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chess and Playing-Cards (18 Sep 1895 - 31 Dec 1895) View Objects in Exhibition


[Catalogue] Culin, Robert S. 1898. Chess and Playing Cards: Catalogue of games and implements for divination exhibited by the Unites States National Museum in connection with the Department of Archaeology and Paleontology of the University of Pennsylvania at the Cotton States and International Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia 1895.. Washington, D.C. Smithsonian Institution. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: plate 1, figure 1View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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