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Name of Object:

Games board


Los Angeles, United States of America

Holding Museum:

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

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Date of Object:

Hegira c. 936–956 / AD c. 1530–1550

Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

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

Period / Dynasty:





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.

Citation of this web page:

 "Games board" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;us;Mus21;18;en

MWNF Working Number: US1 18


 Artistic Introduction

Islamic Dynasties / Period


On display in

MWNF Galleries

Toys and Games


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