Baduk in the British Museum in London

I found the following very interesting photo on flickr:

This photo was apparently taken in the British Museum in London (Korean room), and it has the following text next to it:
Wooden paduk board and pieces made of shell and stone Choson Dynasty, 18th-19th century Played mainly by men, this game is also popular in other Far Eastern countries, where it is known as weiqi or go. The Korean paduk board is unique in being hollow, with an arrangement of wires stretched inside which makes it resonate when a piece is moved on top of the board. There are 324 squares on the board but the game is played on the intersections, not in the spaces. There are many Korean paintings depicting Korean aristocrats (yangban) whiling away the hours playing paduk in a small summer pavilion.
You can find the photo on and here are more flickr .com photos by the same author (Julio Martinez). Now I wonder what the position is Рanyways it looks quite realistic, unlike the one in a previous blog entry. Update: Many thanks to Jordi Jan̩ who sent me a photo of the same item but from a different angle, so I was able to write the whole text from the museum explanation above:

Here is also a link to a much larger photo version.

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5 Responses to “Baduk in the British Museum in London”

  1. VincentV says:

    Didn’t know about the whole wire-thing before <_< I wonder what material the stones are made of.

  2. Sorin says:

    Since the museum explanation reads “shell and stone”, I assume the white ones are shell, and the black ones are stone, just like the current Japanese stones.

  3. JTRIPP says:

    Oh cool, I Know Julio, but hadnt seen the pic, funny ^^
    Keep the good job =)

  4. loveku says:

    Wow, I was impressed!