Game Board

Mancala Board


From: Africa | Nigeria (uncertain)

Curatorial Section: African

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Object Number 2015-22-113
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Yoruba
Provenience Africa | Nigeria (uncertain)
Date Made Early 20th Century
Section African
Materials Wood | Paint

Configuration: 2 x 6

Game board carved of wood; block shaped; Human head projecting from one end of board. Body of board is painted black, supported by four figures (unpainted?) - male and female on each sided separated by maltese style cross (two arms of cross painted black); male figures have raised arms supporting board; female figures hands are cupping breasts. Playing pockets bisected by decorated band of alternating gemetic shapes - six rectangles and five diamonds. Two of the diamonds have cross hatching.

Height 15.1 cm
Length 62.5 cm
Width 18.2 cm
Credit Line Gift from the Doug and Risa Polumbaum Collection, 2015
Other Number 128 - Collector Number

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