Playing Card Deck


From: China | Chongqing

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number 29-238-32
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Chinese
Provenience China | Chongqing
Period 19th Century
Date Made 1889 - 1893
Section Asian
Materials Paper | Ink
Technique Printed
Iconography Lucky Formula

Playing cards based on a lucky formula. Rectangular cards with rounded corners. Backs red. Faces with black and red Chinese characters at each end. They read: 福如東海壽比南山. Tacky yellow coating. Eight of each character plus eight jokers.

From Culin publication: "No. 32. - From Chungch'ing. The Wa-wa p'ai, or childrens cards. Eight cards each of the hieroglyphs, Fuk u tung hoi | shau pi nam shan, "Happiness, like the eastern sea, age more than the southern hills." The eight fuk and the eight shau are in red; the rest in black; one fuk has upon it a spray of flowers. Total, 64. Fig. 131."

Length 11.6 cm
Width 2.2 cm
Credit Line Purchased from William Henry Wilkinson, 1903
Other Number Wilkinson 32 - Collector Number | 29-191-241.8 - Old Museum Number

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