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Mah Jongg: More than just a Game of Chance

June 8, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Sunday, June 8th, 1:00pm

Speaker Robert Mintz of The Walters Art Gallery

This talk explores the Chinese roots of the popular game. With special focus on the designs and symbols that found their way from traditional Chinese decorative traditions to the surfaces of the game pieces, we will explore the meanings that underlie the distinctive floral patterns found on many mah jongg tiles. From bamboo and orchid to dragons and directional characters, the symbols found on most mah jongg tiles have both literal and associative meanings anchored in Chinese belief and folklore. Knowledge of the associations present in these symbols serves to enhance the experience of playing the game by bringing Chinese thought into the social experience of play.


robheadshot_02_crop01Robert Mintz is Chief Curator at the Walters Art Museum. He joined the Walters in 2006 as Assistant Curator of Asian Art, with expertise specifically in the study of 18th century Japanese painting.  While at the Walters he has developed exhibitions and installations exploring points of intersection between Eastern and Western art.


For more information or to register for any of the programs please contact Trillion Attwood on 410-732-6400 ext.215 or email tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org.






June 8, 2014
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm