Playing Card Deck


From: China | Hankou

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Native Name Tian Jiu 天九
Object Number 29-238-24
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

Deck of Tian Jiu, 天九, or Heavens and Nines, playing cards. Many of the cards have become stuck together. Rectangular cards with rounded corners. Backs are black and faces have black and red domino spots with tacky yellow coating.

From Culin publication: "No. 24 - From Hankow. Known as Fa-wong, "Flower princes" (see No. 38). The twenty-one natural dominoes; three each plain, two each with flowers or ornamental objects, one each with a figure of a hero or heroine. No jokers. Total, 126."

Length 9.1 cm
Width 2.5 cm
Credit Line Purchased from William Henry Wilkinson, 1903
Other Number Wilkinson 24 - Collector Number | 29-191-241.5 - Old Museum Number

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