Ts'ien tung sticks, China, 1800-1920

Made:
1800-1920 in China
maker:
Unknown

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Chien Tung sticks, cylindrical container with 18 inscribed sticks, China, 1800-1920

A cylindrical container with eighteen Chien Tung sticks, used for divination in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The sticks are made of inscribed bamboo, and are thrown to the ground by a person wanting to know his or her fortune. The way they fall provides clues to many things like health, for example.

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Details

Category:
Asian Medicine
Object Number:
A117828
Materials:
bamboo, incomplete, paint, sizel
Measurements:
overall (stick, lying flat): 2 cm x 240 mm x 13 mm, 0.006 kg
overall (container, standing upright): 325 mm x 65 mm x 55 mm, 0.216 kg
type:
ts'ien tung
credit:
Glendining

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