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Weiqi Boxes

18th century (Made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Weiqi is a board game that has been played in China and other East Asian countries for more than 2000 years. It is better known by its Japanese name of 'go'. Using the black or white pieces each player tries to encircle as much territory as possible, but at the same time must ensure that their pieces are not encircled by their opponent. The person who has occupied the most territory and left with the most pieces on the board is the winner.
The black and white pieces were usually held in circular boxes.


object details
Category
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 4 parts.

  • Box
  • Lid
  • Box
  • Lid
Materials and Techniques
Wood
Brief Description
Woo, China, carving, wood

One of a pair of wooden boxes for 'weiqi' chess pieces, 18th century



Woo, China, carving, wood

One of a pair of wooden boxes for 'weiqi' chess pieces, 18th century



Woo, China, carving, wood

One of a pair of wooden boxes for 'weiqi' chess pieces, 18th century



Woo, China, carving, wood

One of a pair of wooden boxes for 'weiqi' chess pieces, 18th century
Physical Description
Circular box and lid to hold 'weiqi' pieces
Dimensions
  • Height: 9cm
Style
Credit line
Gift of Galerie Bork, Copenhagen
Summary
Weiqi is a board game that has been played in China and other East Asian countries for more than 2000 years. It is better known by its Japanese name of 'go'. Using the black or white pieces each player tries to encircle as much territory as possible, but at the same time must ensure that their pieces are not encircled by their opponent. The person who has occupied the most territory and left with the most pieces on the board is the winner.

The black and white pieces were usually held in circular boxes.
Collection
Accession Number
FE.26-1999

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record createdJune 17, 2002
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