Playing Card Deck


From: China | Shantou

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number 29-238-21
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Chinese
Provenience China | Shantou
Period 19th Century
Date Made 1889 - 1893
Section Asian
Materials Paper | Ink
Technique Printed
Iconography Chess
Inscription Language Chinese Language

112 rectangular playing Cards. Backs white. Faces printed in black each with three Chinese characters within rectangular border on either white, yellow, orange or green background. 9 of the cards are broken in two pieces.

From Culin publication: "No. 21. - From Swatow. Four each of the seven kinds in four colors - red, yellow, white, green. The firm name, Li Shing, is on the red and yellow Kings, Li on all the other yellow and reds, Shing on all the greens and white. Total, 112."

Length 6.6 cm
Width 1.7 cm
Credit Line Purchased from William Henry Wilkinson, 1903
Other Number Wilkinson 21 - Collector Number | 29-191-242.1 - Old Museum Number

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