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Traditional Chinese Abacus

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Partake in an age-old tradition with this beautifully crafted rose wood abacus. The Chinese abacus dates as far back to the 2nd century BC and was used primarily by merchants before the modern numeral system was adopted. An ancient tradition of the Chinese was to paint and line furniture with calendars and this beautiful piece features such a calendar on the upper inside lid. The exterior of the handmade abacus features a vibrant, and intricately detailed painting of peonies, China's national flower, and Mandarin ducks which were thought to bring happiness. This unique abacus will make a wonderful gift for any keen historian, or fans of Eastern culture.

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