Game Board


From: China (uncertain) | Thailand (uncertain)

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number 29-191-223
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Chinese
Provenience China (uncertain) | Thailand (uncertain)
Section Asian
Materials Cotton | Paint
Technique Painted
Iconography Turtle | Lion | Fish | Cock | Serpent | Peacock

The game in Thailand is known as "water, gourd, crab, fish" (น้ำเต้าปูปลา na tea pu pla). It consists of a white cloth divided into six squares each containing a different painted figure: turtle, lion, fish, chicken, serpent, peacock. The game play consists of betting on which figures will show up based on three dice that are thrown by a dealer. The game is popular in many other countries under different names: Chuck-a-Luck, Crown & Anchor, Hoo Hey How (魚蝦蟹), and flag crown (Jhaṇḍī Muṇḍā ), among many others.

Length 86 cm
Width 58 cm
Credit Line Received from various sources, pre-1929

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