Game Board

Mancala Board


From: Africa | Nigeria (uncertain)

Curatorial Section: African

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Object Number 2015-22-115
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Yoruba
Provenience Africa | Nigeria (uncertain)
Date Made 19th Century
Section African
Materials Wood | Paint

Configuration: 2 x 6

Game board made of wood. Block-shaped board supported by ten female figures. Two snakes being held at neck by tow end figures. Scalloped shaped board of twelve round playing pockets bisected by ridge decorated with five diamond shaped designs with cross hatch centers. Projection in the shape of human head on one end of board; seated monkey on opposite end of board.

Height 14.5 cm
Length 81.5 cm
Width 20 cm
Credit Line Gift from the Doug and Risa Polumbaum Collection, 2015
Other Number 130 - Collector Number

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