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Playing Card Deck

Native NameTian Jiu 天九
Object Number:29-238-30
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: China
Period: 19th Century
Date Made: 1889 - 1893
Early Date: 1889
Late Date: 1893
Length: 13.2 cm
Width: 2.4 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from William Henry Wilkinson, 1903
Other Number:Wilkinson 30 - Collector Number
29-191-241.10 - Old Museum Number


Deck of Tian Jiu, 天九, or Heavens and Nines, playing cards. Rectangular cards with rounded corners. Backs red. Faces with black and red domino spots. Some cards with flowers in between printed in red and pale green. Ends of some of the cards have a wave-like motif. Tacky yellow coating.

From Culin publication: "No. 30 - From Chungch'ing (Chungking). Known as Fa p'ai, or "Flower cards." Three each of the twenty-one natural dominoes plain, and four each illuminated. The illumination is a spray of flowers, and is the same for each card. Total, 147. It is to be noted that all Chungking domino packs are usually put in the order of the dominoes, viz.: 6-6, 1-1, 4-4, 1-3 (3-3, 5-5 sic) 2-2, 5-6, 4-6, 1-6, 1-5; 3-6, 4-5, 2-6, 3-5, 2-5, 3-4, 2-3, 1-4, 2-4, 1-2."


[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. 141-142, No. 30View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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