Good Mahjong Set, Shanghai, 1920s
A Good Mahjong Set, Shanghai, 1920s
in a hardwood and brass mounted case, with a brass carrying handle and five pull-out drawers behind a sliding front decorated with Chinese characters and bats, the polychrome decorated bone and bamboo tiles including:
36 Circles (1-9)
36 Bamboos (1-9)
36 Characters (1-9)
12 Dragons (Red, Green and White (ie Blank)
16 Winds (North, South, West and East)
8 Bonus Tiles (Exotic Birds and Flowers)
4 Further Blank Tiles
Quantity of bone scoring sticks
Two miniature dice
Stock Reference: JP 1868
Good. Brass mounts intact. Bone tiles good, slightly yellowed, with a bit of surface dust here and there. Four blank tiles have pencil annotations. 'Made in China' painted in gold on the reverse of the front panel. Reverse of front panel slightly worn in places. Otherwise, all good.
A Note From Luke
Nice example of a Chinese Export Mahjong set, made in a workshop in the Shanghai area during the 1920s. Local boys were employed to paint the bone and bamboo tiles. This set features bat motifs on the front panel. In China, the bat represents happiness, joy, wealth and prosperity.
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