Wednesday 26 November 2014

Ladies Invade Homes in Search of Mah Jongg Sets!   

IsraelSwainAnn M. Israel and Gregg Swain were after private Western mah jongg collections when they invaded many homes during their search, but they aren’t burglars! They are photo-archeologists, and private homes were their dig! Hidden deep in the dark of basements, closets, and attics all over this world are some of the most amazing mah jongg treasures people might never see; tiles carefully hand carved and painted by artisans long forgotten. Like skillful and patient archeologists, Ann M. Israel and Gregg Swain set out to unearth these lost works of art before they are forgotten forever.

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These are the special flower tiles of the OEMC2011

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VENICE - No European championship without a special mahjong set. For the OEMC2011, the organizers have a set designed with flower tiles that depict some icons from the countless monuments and artefacts from the Italian history.

On four of the flowers (or seasons - the difference used in mahjong is never quite clear), the blue ones, monuments are displayed.

On the red flower tiles, icons are displayed that have a connection with Venice. (The OEMC2011 takes place at Mestre, which is just opposite Venice, on the 'Italian mainland'.)

The special sets are usually highly in demand. For the mahjong players, they mean a unique souvenir of the championship. For the organizers, the sets are a way to try and balance the books. The price of the mahjong set edition 2011 is not known yet.

The special flowers and how they look in real life

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Colosseum (Colosseo) of Rome.  
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Cathedral (Duomo) of Milan.  
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Cathedral (Duomo) of Florence.
 
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Leaning tower (Torre) of Pisa.  
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Gondola of Venice.  
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Rose window (rosone) of the Ca' d'oro (Golden House) in Venice.
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Rowlock (forcóla) of the Venetian gondola.
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The lion of the Saint Marc church in Venice. The picture on the mahjong tile is rotated a quarter turn.

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