University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object TitleChuba / Mancala
Native NameChuba
Object Number: 16579
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Massachusetts
Manufacture Location: Massachusetts
Maker: Milton Bradley Company
Erwin H. Richards
Date Made: 1891-1891
Early Date: 1891
Late Date: 1891
Height: 1cm
Length: 51cm
Width: 21cm
Credit Line:Gift of Milton Bradley Company, 1894


Board Game: Chuba. The African game called in Arabic, Mancala.
Cardboard box bottom with integrated wood board - 4 rows of 11 cups and two rectangular end holders for pieces. Board stained black; cups stained red.
Cardboard box lid with printed label - damaged / fragile : "Chuba / Milton Bradley Co. / Springfield Mass. Registered".
Single paper sheet - 4 pages with history and instructions (photocopy on file / see notes) - damaged / fragile. Page 1: "Chuba / A * Game * of * Skill / (Box Lid Label Image) / Patented March 17, 1891 / Copyright, 1890 / Milton Bradley Co. / Springfield, Mass.
59 (of 60) corn markers.
NOTE: Letters of Patent No 448,574 dated March 17, 1891 held by Rev. Dr. Erwin H. Richards; Application filed November 20, 1890 - Serial No. 371,996. (No model.)


[Article] Culin, R. S. 1894. Mancala, the National Game of Africa. Report of the United States National Museum. 597-607. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 605-607View Objects cited in this Publication

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