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Playing Card Deck

Object Number:29-238-20
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: China
Period: 19th Century
Date Made: 1889 - 1893
Early Date: 1889
Late Date: 1893
Inscription Language:Chinese Language
Length: 6.9 cm
Width: 1.8 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from William Henry Wilkinson, 1903
Other Number:Wilkinson 20 - Collector Number
29-191-242.5 - Old Museum Number


70 rectangular playing cards based on Chinese Chess (象棋 xiangqi). Backs black. Faces printed in black or red. A Chinese character within a circle is repeated on each end with a either diamond shapes, Chinese characters or a human figure at center.

From Culin publication: "No. 20. - From Swatow. Four each of the Tseung, Sz', Tseung, Ku, Ma, P'au in red, the same number in black, and ten each of the red and of black pawns, one black and one red kam, "gold" or joker. Total, 70. The pack comes from Lung-chou, near Hui-chou, some fifty miles from Swatow."


[Book] Culin, Robert S. 1895. Korean Games, with Notes on the Corresponding Games of China and Japan.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: pg. 144, No. 20View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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