Playing Card Deck


From: China | Chongqing

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Native Name Tian Jiu 天九
Object Number 29-238-37
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Chinese
Provenience China | Chongqing
Period 19th Century
Date Made 1889 - 1893
Section Asian
Materials Paper | Ink
Technique Printed
Iconography Dominoes | Human Figures

Tian Jiu, 天九, or Heavens and Nines, playing cards. Rectangular cards with rounded corners. Backs red. Faces with black and red domino spots and tacky yellow coating. Cards are stuck together. Some cards with scenes of multiple figures in red, black and green-brown.

From Culin publication: "No. 37. - From Chungch'ing. Somewhat similar to No. 34, except that the cards 1-2 and 3-4 are substituted for the two 1-3's. One of each of the fourteen kinds is illuminated. Total, 48."

Length 11.1 cm
Width 2.8 cm
Credit Line Purchased from William Henry Wilkinson, 1903
Other Number Wilkinson 37 - Collector Number | 29-191-241.13 - Old Museum Number

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