University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameNamseungdo
Object Number: 17699
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Korea
Period: Yi Dynasty
Date Made: 19th Century - 1895
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 1895
Credit Line:Gift of Dr. E. B. Landis, 1896


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).

Current & Past Exhibitions:

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


[Catalogue] Culin, R. 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. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 848View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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