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Chinese 144 Tile Mahjong Set with Bird Decoration


Brand: Yellow Mountain Imports

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When mahjong first caught on in America in the 1920's, the elegant sets imported from Shanghai looked like this: finely polished cases made from elm and rosewood and hand painted tiles made from cattle bone and bamboo.

This set is a reproduction of those classic sets, crafted by hand from snow white cattle bone and delicate slabs of native Chinese bamboo. The cover is inlaid with a bone design of birds and flowers.

Please note that this is a hand made mahjong set made with natural materials using traditional methods. Each tile is cut and carved one piece a time, and the characters are inked by hand. Hand cut bone and bamboo tiles are slightly smaller than fiberglass mahjong tiles, and coloring and shape varies slightly from tile to tile and set to set.

  • Contains 36 Circles, 36 Bamboos, 36 Characters, 12 Dragons, 16 Winds (N, S, E, W), 8 Flowers.
  • Includes a pair of dice, a set of betting sticks, and four wind tiles for determining seating placement.
  • The case measures 13-3/4L x 7-7/8''W x 2''H (35cm x 20cm x 5cm)
  • Tiles measure 1-1/8''L x 7/8''W x 1/2''H (3cm x 2.2cm x 1.4cm)
  • PLEASE NOTE: This is a traditional Chinese mahjong set designed for Chinese mahjong rules. It does not contain joker tiles and has only eight flowers tiles! If you are buying this set as a gift and are unsure whether the recipient plays American or Chinese style mahjong, your best bet is to purchase an American set. American sets contain all the tiles for the Chinese version of the game as well as additional tiles for the American version.

Item HB-CB002-E