Playing Card Deck
|Native Name||Tian Jiu 天九|
|Current Location:||Collections Storage|
|Date Made:||1889 - 1893|
Heavens and Nines
|Inscription Language:||Chinese Language|
|Credit Line:||Purchased from William Henry Wilkinson, 1903|
|Other Number:||Wilkinson 26 - Collector Number|
29-191-241.3 - Old Museum Number
Playing card deck used to play Tian Jiu, 天九, or Heavens and Nines. Rectangular cards with rounded corners. Backs have printed hexagonal and diamond motif. Faces have black and red spot on white background. Between the dots is blank or with motif printed in color. 13 of the cards with a pair of butterflies facing a central circle with additional black and red dots. 8 of the cards with a pair of dots facing a central circle with black and red dots. 48 of the cards with single seated or standing figure with object in hand such as a fan, musical instrument, manuscript, cloth, lotus. Chinese characters written beside figure. There are 2 and sometimes 3 cards with identical figures.
From Culin publication: "No. 26. - From Shanghai. Known as "Actor's cards." The "illuminated" cards bear portraits of the heroes and heroines of certain plays, the "doubled' cards are duplicates of the "plain". The three jokers are "illuminated" cards without domino points. Total 129. Fig. 129."
|[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. 141, No. 26, Fig. 129||View Objects related to this Actual Citation|
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