Playing Card Deck


From: China | Hankou

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Native Name Tian Jiu 天九
Object Number 29-238-38
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Chinese
Provenience China | Hankou
Period 19th Century
Date Made 1889 - 1893
Section Asian
Materials Paper | Ink
Technique Printed
Iconography Dominoes | Heavens and Nines | Flower Harmony | Fa Ho

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."

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

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