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Gameboard

Checkerboard with sixteen checkers

German
late 17th or early 18th century


Object Place: Europe, Germany

Dimensions

Overall: 33cm (13in.) Other (Minimum; Board): 33cm (13in.)

Accession Number

02.220a

Medium or Technique

Amber, mounted on wood, ivory

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Recreational

Board made of amber of different colors combined with engraved and carved ivory; inside arranged for backgammon. Eight checkers of clear amber, eight of opaque.

The board opens into two halves, allowing it to be used for different games including chess, backgammon, draughts and Nine Men’s Morris, a strategy board game which emerged from the Roman Empire.

Credit Line

Bequest of William Arnold Buffum