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Japanese abacus, c 1900.

Hills, Jennie

Japanese abacus, c 1900.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm


This abacus, or soroban, is an intermediate form between the original Chinese abacus and the modern Japanese type. It has one bead above the bar and five below. This arrangement was common from the late 19th century until the 1930s.

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