Japanese abacus, c 1900.

Image number: 10327826

Japanese abacus, c 1900.

This abacus, or soroban, is an intermediate form between the original Chinese abacus and the modern Japanese type. It has one bead above the bar and five below. This arrangement was common from the late 19th century until the 1930s.

Image number:
10327826
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
29 October 2003 12:15
Image rights:
Science Museum