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Pictorial Board and Dice Game: Magic Lantern of the Subjugation of China

Artist
Kobayashi Kiyochika, 1847–1915
Period
Meiji period, 1868–1912
Publisher
Inoue Kichijirō, Japanese, active late 19th century
Date
1894
Material
Color woodblock prints
Made in
Tokyo, Japan, Asia
Classification
Prints, recreational artifacts
Current Location
Not on view
Dimensions
game board as mounted: 31 1/8 × 29 1/4 in. (79.1 × 74.3 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Lowenhaupt
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
837:2010a-g
NOTES
To play this sugoroku, a board game similar to western chutes and ladders, players begin in the rectangular box at the bottom. Players compete to reach the rectangular finishing point at the top, captioned “Conference of Commissioned Officers,” by rolling a die. The 20 places between start and finish take the form of circular images on a black ground that evoke magic lantern slides, a popular toy in Meiji period Japan (1868-1912). Each image is accompanied by a label containing a title and a key dictating where players should move next.
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