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Playing Card Deck

Native NameTian Jiu 天九
Object Number:29-238-38
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: China
Period: 19th Century
Date Made: 1889 - 1893
Early Date: 1889
Late Date: 1893
Heavens and Nines
Flower Harmony
Fa Ho
Length: 9.6 cm
Width: 2.3 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from William Henry Wilkinson, 1903
Other Number:Wilkinson 38 - Collector Number
29-191-241.12 - Old Museum Number


Playing card deck used to play Tian Jiu, 天九, or Heavens and Nines. Rectangular cards with rounded corners. Backs black matte. Faces with black and red domino spots. Tacky yellow coating. Cards are stuck together.

From Culin publication: "No. 38. Hankow. Also a Fa-wong. The 126 cards as in No. 24. Illuminated cards have the t'ai kik (protyle dividing into the yeung, or male, and yam, or female, elements) in black and a black border; the doubles bear in red the hieroglyph wong, "prince" and have a black border."


[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. 38View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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