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Catalog Number 1991.100
Description Mahjong Table Cover, n.d. Square black table cover has a cotton backing and a silk top. Entire parameter is hemmed and there is a copper, green, pink and purple brocaded -style ribbon along the top edge of the seam. There are two double-tassels at opposing corners, one is teal green and the other is tangerine orange. Black ribbons extend from all four corners for affixing cloth to table legs.
Object Name Scarf, Table
Collection 3D - Household Accessories
Title Mah-Jong Table Cover, n.d.
Date n.d.
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text none
Notes "Mahjong, also spelled majiang and numerous other variants, is a tile-based game that originated in China during the Qing dynasty. It is commonly played by four players (with some three-player variations found in South Korea and Japan). The game and its regional variants are widely played throughout Eastern and South Eastern Asia and have a small following in Western countries. Similar to the Western card game rummy, Mahjong is a game of skill, strategy, and calculation and involves a degree of chance.

The game is played with a set of 144 tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols, although some regional variations may omit some tiles and/or add unique tiles. In most variations, each player begins by receiving 13 tiles. In turn players draw and discard tiles until they complete a legal hand using the 14th drawn tile to form 4 groups (meld) and a pair (eye). There are fairly standard rules about how a piece is drawn, how a piece is robbed from another player, the use of simples (numbered tiles) and honors (winds and dragons), the kinds of melds allowed, how to deal the tiles and the order of play. Despite these similarities, there are many regional variations to the rules including rather different scoring systems, criteria for legal winning hands and even private table rules which distinguish some variations as notably different styles of mahjong." [ 3/8/2017]

"Ordinary playing-card tables are quite suitable for Mah-Jongg [Mahjong] -- such a table can optionally be covered with cloth (pinned together underneath so the cloth doesn't slide around while shuffling). Tables should be no smaller than 33" square, no larger than 36" square. Round tables of 36" diameter are also acceptable. In Asia, they even make special Mah-Jongg [Mahjong] tables -- with a lip around the edge so tiles don't fall off while shuffling…" [ 3/8/2017]
Dimensions H-32 W-34 D-0.75 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Household Goods
Subjects Table settings & decorations