Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • China
  • abacus, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: China
  • wood, metal
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 34 x 17.5 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 13 3/8 x 6 7/8 x 1 1/8 in
  • Gift of Mrs. Allen Phillips
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0251

The dark brown rectangular wooden abacus has 13 rods, two of which are metal. Each rod has five beads above a wooden divider, and two beads below the divider. Three sides of the rectangle have a groove, indicating there was a backing piece at one time.