Playing Card Deck

Playing Card Box


From: China | Hankou | Hunan

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number 29-238-36
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Chinese
Provenience China | Hankou | Hunan
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 in a paper box. Rectangular cards with rounded corners. Backs pale orange. Faces with Chinese character on each end in black or red which read: 上大人孔乙己, 化三千七十士,爾小生八九子, 佳作仁福祿壽. The cards have a tacky yellow coating which has caused many of the cards to stick together. Paper box consists of bottom tray of white paper with hand written Chinese characters on each end. The tray slides into a paper tube with printed red, grey and blue motif.

From Culin publication: "No. 36. - From Hankow, but like No. 35 really from Hunan province. Similar to No. 35, but (a) for Yau is substituted Hung, the surname of Confucious, and for ho chi lai | i sz' 'ng luk, are employed kai tsok yan | fuk luk shau, "gratefully practice humanity; happiness, promotion, longevity;" (b) there are only four of each kind, not five. All handwritten on smooth oiled paper. The first card of each triplet is in red, the other two are in black. The second card has red mark at the top and bottom. The cards have index marks, a miniature hieroglyph at the right-hand corner of each. Total, 96. Fig. 130."

Length 9.2 cm
Width 2.6 cm
Credit Line Purchased from William Henry Wilkinson, 1903
Other Number Wilkinson 36 - Collector Number | 29-191-241.15 - Old Museum Number

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