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Game Board

Mancala Board

Object TitleMancala
Native NameMadaji
Object Number:CG2001-8-154
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Gabon
Culture Area: Central Africa
Date Made: pre 1892
Late Date: 1892
Length: 58 cm
Width: 15.5 cm
Other Number:30642 - Other Number
CG2000-8-25 - Found in Collection Number


Game board consisting of twelve incised circles six on each side divided by a depression in the middle. On either end of board is a shallow container shaped like a triangle to collect stones. One end slightly broken. four legs support bottom.

Among the so-called Dahomeyans this game is called Madaji, the board adjito, and the seeds which they use, adji. It is a game for two persons.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

World\'s Columbian Exposition Exhibits: Ancient Religions, Games and Folklore (1891 - 1893) View Objects in Exhibition


[Article] Culin, Robert S. 1893. "Exhibit of Games in the Columbian Exposition". Journal of American Folklore. Vol. 6. no. No. 22. pg. 205-227 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 207View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Thesis] 1893. Ancient Religion, Games and Folk-lore.. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pages 22-23, 44View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Culin, Robert S. 1894. "Mancala, the National Game of Africa". Report of the United States National Museum. Smithsonian Institution. pg. 597-607 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 603, Figure 13View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Latimer, Dwaune D. 2015. "The People & Products of Colonization: Africa at the Chicago and Paris Expositions". Expedition: The Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 57. no. 1. pg. 22-26 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Page 22View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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