Art Interpretations: Books, Magazines and Websites

Bartholomew, Terese Tse, Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art, San Francisco, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 2006

Cavillaro, Christine and Luu, Anita, Mah- Jongg from Shanghai to Miami Beach, San Francisco, Chronicle Books, 2005

Eberhard, Wolfram, A Dictionary of Chinese Symbols, London, Routledge, 1986 Interpretations of symbols:

Guanzhong, Luo, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, 14th Century
Harper, Carol Ann,

Knapp, Ronald G., Things Chinese, Rutland, VT, Tuttle Publishing, 2011

Mah Jong Museum, The Illustrated Book of the Mahjong Museum, Tokyo, Ten Print Inc., 1999 and 2005

Martens, Melissa J. et al, Mah Jongg Crak Bam Dot, New York City, 2wice Arts Foundation, 2010

May, Jim,

Naian, Shi, The Water Margin: Outlaws of the Marsh, translated by Jackson, J.H., Rutland, Vt, Tuttle Publishing, 2010

Rep, Jelte, The Great Mahjong Book, Rutland, VT Tuttle Publishing 2007

Sloper, Tom, The Red Dragon and The West Wind, New York, NY , Collins, 2007

Stanwick, Michael,

video about Chinese opera: It is in Japanese, but there are interesting photos of sets.

Welch, Patricia Bjaaland, Chinese Art A Guide to Motifs and Visual Imagery, Rutland, VT, Tuttle Publishing, 2008

Wen Zhu, author, Jianxin, Cao, translator, Chinese Motifs of Good Fortune, New York, Better Link Press, 2011


Wilkinson, Philip, Chinese Myth: A Treasury of Legends, Art and History (the World of Mythology), Edison, NJ, Chartwell Books, 2007

Williams, C.A.S., Chinese Symbolism and Art Motifs, Rutland, VT, Tuttle Publishing, 2006

Xueqin, Cao, Lowe, Edwin, author, Joly, H. Bencraft translator, Dream of the Red Chamber, Rutland, VT, Tuttle Publishing, 2010

An interesting academic article about the symbols n the Emperor's robes dating from the Manchu times, it clearly illustrates how much symbolism is tied up in each object depicted


Another good write up about badges on robes is this one:

And, coming soon:

Mah Jongg  The Art of the Game by Israel and Swain

  • Katherine Hartman started a conversation

     (friday, october 24 2014 12:45 pm)

    THE MAHJONG COLLECTOR, a quarterly print magazine. Mahjong historian, Michael Stanwick, along with mahjong researchers/collectors Bill Price, Tony Watson, Ray Heaton and Katherine Hartman, are happy to announce their new mahjong magazine for collectors.

    The quarterly print magazine will be out early 2015. Through email they will let you know when they have more subscription information available. If interested in subscribing to the magazine, please send an email to this address:

    THE MAHJONG COLLECTOR's Mission Statement: “The purpose of this magazine is, firstly...
    To provide a platform for Mahjong Collectors and enthusiasts to share their knowledge, skills and expertise of the history, materials, and the underlying symbolism of the designs on the tiles and, secondly... To provide a platform for showcasing the variety, beauty and the collector’s passion for Mahjong sets that will stimulate discussion about these elements of the game.”

    They will be contacting collectors in the future, for interviews and to be featured as Guest Collectors.

    They all thank you for your interest in their new venture!