Antique Late Qing Dynasty Hand Made Scholars Abacus With Calligraphy
**Free shipping. Antique wood abacus or suanpan features a dovetailed wood box frame, with hand-cut solid wood shaped beads which are now very smooth after decades of use, and bamboo bars.
Hand carved calligraphy on the verso.
A fully functional piece with 13 rods & 78 beads.
Hand made from hardwoods.
Late 19th century, possibly early 20th.
Calligraphy on verso.
Good decorative pieces to have on your coffee table or wall, guaranteed your inquisitive guests will find them of great interest.
Very good condition with typical minor wear and signs of age.
11 1/2" long x 4 1/2" wide x 1 1/4" thick.
The word "abacus" was first mentioned by Xu Yue(160–220) in his book suanshu jiyi (算数记遗), or Notes on Traditions of Arithmetic Methods, in Han Dynasty. As it described, the original abacus had five beads (suan zhu) bunched by a stick in each column, separated by a transverse rod, and arrayed in a wooden rectangle box. One in the upper part represents five and each of four in the lower part represents one. People move the beads to do the calculation.