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Divining Block

Object Number:21952B
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: California (State)
San Francisco (California)
Date Made: 19th Century
Early Date: 1900
Late Date: 1900
Section:Asian
Materials:Wood
Technique:Carved
Painted
Inscription Language:Chinese Language
Credit Line:Gift of John Wanamaker, 1900

Description

One of a pair of Kan pui or jiaobei (筊杯), divining blocks. Half moon shaped. Faint traces of red paint, otherwise unpainted. Each block has the Chinese character 宙 zhou meaning "universe" written in red on the top.

Bibliography:

[Article] 1901. "Collections and Publications". Bulletin of the Free Museum of Science and Art. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania. Vol. III. no. No. 1. pg. 47-57 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 51-52View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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