Artifact Details

Title

Soroban (transitional)

Catalog Number

B26.79

Type

Physical object

Date

1900 ca.

Manufacturer

Soroban

Dimensions

3 3/4 x 151/2 x 3/4 in

Description

21-digit abacus of Korean form with 1 bead in heaven and 5 beads in earth. This type was used in Japan from the mid-1800s until the 1930 redesign that reduced the number of beads in earth from 5 to 4.

Category

Pre-computer/abacus / soroban

Subject

Abacus; Suan pan; Mechanical calculation; Hand calculation; Asia

Credit

Gift of Gwen and C. Gordon Bell

Lot Number

X6288.2012