From the foregoing accounts it will be seen how widely the peculiar Chinese game of dominoes is distributed, from Korea to Burma and Siam.
Dr. Gustav Schlegel states that the European game of dominoes is without doubt borrowed from the Chinese, only that in it the philosophic-astronomic elements have been done away with and only the arithmetical retained. I have been unable to discover the connecting links between the two games. The Levant may furnish a clue to the relationship if any such now exists, but I am without information on the subject.
The game seems to date from a recent period in Europe. According Brockhaus' Conversations Lexicon, Art "Domino," it was introduced into Germany through France from Italy about the middle of the last century. In England it appears from a writer in Notes and Queries (January 23, 1869) to have been introduced by French prisoners about the close of the last century.
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