Hong Far Low abacus

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Photographer
Richards, Mark
Dimensions
overall: 6 3/4 in x 9 1/2 in x 1 1/4 in.
Credit Line
Loaned by the Museum of Chinese in America, courtesy of the family of Louie Shee Wong and Gok Jum Wong.
Copyright Owner
© Mark Richards
Location
China
Keywords
Asia; Hand calculation; Mechanical calculation; Suan pan
Object ID
500002005

An abacus from Boston’s Hong Far Low restaurant, founded in 1879. A traditional Chinese suan pan, with two beads above the central bar (in “heaven”) and five beads below (in “earth”).