Playing Card Deck


From: China | Guangzhou

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number 29-238-29
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Chinese
Provenience China | Guangzhou
Period 19th Century
Date Made 1889 - 1893
Section Asian
Materials Paper | String
Iconography Chess

112 rectangular playing cards based on Chinese Chess (象棋 xiangqi). Four bundles of cards: green, yellow, white, and red. Each wrapped together with green string. Characters are printed on the front. 112 cards total. Labeled A-HHHH. Dye slightly fading.

From Culin publication: "No. 29. - From Canton. Four each of the seven men in four colors: red, yellow; white, green, and five jokers, the Five Blessings. The jokers in this example are printed on white; they are sometimes met with in red. Total, 117."

Credit Line Purchased from William Henry Wilkinson, 1903
Other Number Wilkinson 29 - Collector Number | CG94-1-10a-hhhh - Old Museum Number

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