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Playing Card Deck

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

Description

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."

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Peace Around the World: Toys and Games for All the Ages (08 Dec 1996 - 31 Aug 1997) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[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. 143, No. 37View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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