Yoruba, Nigeria / Mancala Gameboard / 20th centuryYoruba, Nigeria
Mancala Gameboard
20th century

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Creator Nationality: African
Creator Name-CRT: Yoruba, Nigeria
Title: Mancala Gameboard
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Creation Start Date: 1900
Creation End Date: 1968
Creation Date: 20th century
Creation Place: Nigeria, Africa
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Games
Materials and Techniques: Wood, paint
Dimensions: Height: 4 3/4"; width: 22 3/4"; depth: 7 3/8"
Description: Rectangular wooden gameboard on open pedestal; top edge of pedestal with alternating red and black triangles; board consisting of two rows of adjacent shallow bowls each; bowls alternatively painted red and yellow; each bowl rests on band carved in typical Yoruba style and painted red or yellow in opposition to bowl above; spaces between bowls with carved birds, beaks facing inward; flat torso of wall projecting from one end with bands on base, head facing upwards; hair black, beard black, body red, chest yellow; red, yellow and black bird rests on chest with beak against gameboard. Typed paper sticker on end, base.
AMICA Contributor: Brooklyn Children's Museum
Owner Location: Brooklyn, New York, USA
ID Number: 68.26.1
Credit Line: Museum purchase, 1968
Rights: http://www.amico.org/rights/bcm_.html
Context: Wari is one of the oldest games in the world. It is a type of mancala, board games based on counting. It is played with a gameboard of 12 cups and a number of markers, usually made out of stone, shell, beans, of other small objects - but the simplest board can be made by digging hollows in the dirt. The object of the game is to win more game pieces than your opponent by redistributing the pieces according to rules. The game is thought to have originated in ancient Egypt. Versions are found in Asia as well as Africa.
AMICA ID: BCM_.68.26.1
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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