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Playing Card Deck

Object Number:29-238-32
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: China
Period: 19th Century
Date Made: 1889 - 1893
Early Date: 1889
Late Date: 1893
Iconography:Lucky Formula
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


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."


[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. 145, No. 32, Fig. 131View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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