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Mah Jongg case and tiles

Description

Mah-Jongg box, wooden box [a] with sliding cover [b], dark brown finish. Box has decorative brass trim at corners and brass carrying handles. Five interior drawers with brass ring handles. The top four drawers each contain thirty-six rectagular shaped ivory and bamboo tiles decorated with orange, blue, and green symbols. The bottom drawer is divided into four slots. The first slot contains forty-four ivory sticks with red dots. The second slot contains thirty-six ivory sticks with ten black dots. The third slot contains thirty-nine ivory sticks with two black dots. The fourth slot contains: Four blank ivory and bamboo tiles; Ivory cylinder; Four small circular ivory discs with green Chinese characters; One large circular ivory disc with green Chinese character; Small wooden box with sliding lid containing four ivory dice. The front of the box cover [b] is engraved with two Chinese characters.

Details

Maker
Phillips, Margaret Duncan (Owner)
Inscriptions
"Mrs. Stephen H. Phillips/Salem/Mass." (Handwritten script)
"MADE IN CHINA" (All capital green lettering)
Material
bamboo (material)
brass (alloy)
ivory (tooth component)
wood (plant material)
Object type
Container
Descriptive terms
bamboo (material)
Box, Storage
boxes (containers)
brass (alloy)
ivory (tooth component)
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
6 1/4 x 9 1/8 x 6 1/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3518.1AB
GUSN
241400

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