Playing Card Deck

Playing Card Box


From: China | Hankou

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number 29-238-35
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Chinese
Provenience China | Hankou
Period 19th Century
Date Made 1889 - 1893
Section Asian
Materials Paper | Ink
Technique Printed
Iconography Writing Lesson
Inscription Language Chinese Language

Playing cards based on a writing lesson with a paper box. Rectangular cards with rounded corners. Backs black matte. Faces with small and large Chinese character on each end in black or red. Faces with Chinese character on each end in black or red which read: 上大人丘乙己, 化三千七十士, 爾小生八九子, 可知礼二四五六. The cards have a tacky yellow coating which has caused many of the cards to stick together. The only cards visible are: 人 (man), 生 (scholar), 礼 (politeness), 五 (5). Paper box consists of bottom tray of white paper with hand written Chinese characters on each end. One side reads: 漢口 (Hankou) and 三七字. The other side has a partial undecipherable character. The word "Hankow" is written in pencil on the box along with 上大人. The tray slides into a paper tube with printed red, green, and blue motif.

From Culin publication: "No. 35. - From Hankow. The screed runs: Sheung tai yan | yau ut ki fa sam ts'in | ts'at shap sz' | Ni siu shang | pat kau tsz' | ho chi lai | i sz' 'ng luk. That is, "Once a great man Yau Ut-ki (Confucious) converted three thousand, seventy were disciples; you small scholars, eight or nine youths, may learn politeness; two, four, five, six." Each of these twenty-one hieroglyphs, except ho, "may," of which there are only four, is quintupled. Total, 124."

Length 10.5 cm
Width 2.6 cm
Credit Line Purchased from William Henry Wilkinson, 1903
Other Number Wilkinson 35 - Collector Number | 29-191-241.14 - Old Museum Number

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