Posts Tagged ‘history’

Vintage Go Sets

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

There are a couple of vintage Go sets on ebay: an Australian made set from 1950:

(interestingly, the stones are Black and… Green – presumably for camouflage purposes :-) )

… and an US made set from 1951:

None of the above are quite as old as the British Museum Go set, but may be interesting to collectors.

By the way of Go sets: for those of you interested in purchasing a Go set, has a page with links to the main vendors and buying sources

Baduk in the British Museum in London

Sunday, January 20th, 2008
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.