Bone Inlays on Front Side of “Tibet” Racks

The other day we featured the backside of the "Tibetan" Mahjong rack. (click here to see that post) Today we see the side that faces the player. These are also bone discs, with images representing the 12 year Chinese cycle. The Chinese New Year actually starts sometime in January or February, the second new moon after the winter solstice, so if your birthday is in either of those two months you may fall into the previous animal sign. There are personality traits that fall into each year. The following has been taken from the online version of the Old Farmer's Almanac.

The front side of the Tibet racks have lovely small bone inlays, each for a year on the Chinese calendar.

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Here are closeups of all the years:

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The Goat sometimes known as the Sheep

Year of the Goat: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003

Aesthetic and stylish, you enjoy being a private person. Compatible with the pig and the rabbit. Your opposite is the ox.

 

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The Monkey

The year of the Monkey: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004

Persuasive, skillful, and intelligent, you strive to excel. Compatible with the dragon and the rat. Your opposite is the tiger.

 

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The Rooster or Cock

Year of the Rooster: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005

Seeking wisdom and truth, you have a pioneering spirit. Compatible with the snake and the ox. Your opposite is the rabbit.

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The Dog

Year of the Dog: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006

Generous and loyal, you have the ability to work well with others. Compatible with the horse and the tiger. Your opposite is the dragon.

 

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The Pig or Boar

Year of the Pig:  1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007

Gallant and noble, your friends will remain at your side. Compatible with the rabbit and the sheep/goat. Your opposite is the snake.

 

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The Rat

Year of the Rat:1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008

Ambitious and sincere, you can be generous with your money. Compatible with the dragon and the monkey. Your opposite is the horse.

 

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The Ox or Buffalo

Year of the Ox: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009

A leader, you are bright, patient, and cheerful. Compatible with the snake and the rooster. Your opposite is the sheep.

 

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The Tiger

Year of the Tiger: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010

Forthright and sensitive, you possess great courage. You have the ability to be a strong leader capable of great sympathy. Compatible with the horse and the dog. Your opposite is the monkey.

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The Rabbit or Hare

Year of the Rabbit: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011

Talented and affectionate, you are a seeker of tranquility. Compatible with the sheep and the pig. Your opposite is the rooster.

 

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The Dragon

Year of the Dragon: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012

Robust and passionate, your life is filled with complexity. Compatible with the monkey and the rat. Your opposite is the dog.

 

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The Snake

Year of the Snake: 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013

Strong-willed and intense, you display great wisdom. Compatible with the rooster and the ox. Your opposite is the pig.

 

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The Horse

Year of the Horse: 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014

Physically attractive and popular, you like the company of others. Compatible with the tiger and the dog. Your opposite is the rat.

 

To learn more about the Chinese years and qualities associated with each one

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One thought on “Bone Inlays on Front Side of “Tibet” Racks

  1. Sam

    These look like ink was rubbed into the bone carving, with excess wiped off, leaving the black line behind. Like scrimshaw. Very expressive little images.

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