Game Diagram


From: Korea

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Native Name Namseungdo
Object Number 17699
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Korean | Buddhist
Provenience Korea
Period Joseon Dynasty
Date Made 19th Century - 1895
Section Asian
Materials Paper

Paper game of namseungdo (남승도) (Chinese: lam shing to) or "view winning game" (覽勝圖). Includes Kŭmgangsan 金鋼山 a popular Korean tourist site and Mt. Gyeron 鷄龍山 a "mystical" mountain associated with daoist and shamanistic practices. The game is a drinking game with up to five players, each taking a role (beauty 美人, patch-robe monk 衲子, fisher 漁父, daoist 羽士, poet/literati 詞客). The grid would have at least 5 sides, as 1-5 are indicated in each grid on the paper, with each throw deciding the next spot where one is supposed to land. Each player is supposed to end up on the other side of the board on the symmetrical grid that has its matching number at the top, and whoever gets to his/her corresponding site first wins. At the bottom of the grids there are directions for drinking (i.e. "monk drinks 1 cup" or "each drinks 1 cup"). 144 squares (9 x 16).

Credit Line Gift of Dr. E. B. Landis, 1896

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