Chinese abacus or Suan Pan, 19th century.

Hills, Jennie

Chinese abacus or Suan Pan, 19th century.
3 4 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm

Description

This abacus is of a type common in the 19th century. It is intended for use in base 16, with each bead above the bar being worth five units and each bead below the bar being worth one unit.

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