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Los Angeles, United States of America
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Hegira c. 936–956 / AD c. 1530–1550
Wood inlaid with ivory, ebony and silver
Closed: 45.72 x 34.29 x 2 1/8 cm;Open: 46.36 x 67.95 x 2.54 cm
Luxury wooden objects – furniture and furnishings as well as architectural fittings inlaid with precious materials such as ivory, ebony, silver, gold, mother-of-pearl and tortoiseshell – were produced in limited quantities for the Ottoman court beginning in the early sixteenth century. A rare and spectacular games board from the first half of the 10th/16th century in LACMA’s collection provides a wonderful example of this medium. When open, it offers a backgammon board rendered in ivory and ebony inlays with details of silver and tiny mosaics; when closed, it provides two more gaming opportunities, including an ivory- and ebony-inlaid chess board.
"Games board" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;us;Mus21;18;en
MWNF Working Number: US1 18