Mancala board of Abd-al-Rahman's daughter → Portuguese.

The Museo de Burgos (Spain) has a mancala board from the San Domingo de Silos monastery. It belonged to a daughter of Abd-al-Rahman III (891-961), the emir (912-929) and first caliph (929-961) of Cordoba.

The board is shaped like a modern "pencil" board, ie. it is folded along the longest axis and, when closed, it is cylindrical. The board is made of ivory and metal. It has two rows of five pits that are very close to the edge. The board is 46.5 cm long, while each pit is 9 cm wide.


Board - Open


Board - Closed

The inventory number of the board is 244 according to Silva Santa-Cruz. It is considered a "game box" ("estuche de juegos") by the museum.

External Links


Cosín Corral, Y. & García Aparicio, C. 
Alquerque, mancala y dados: juegos musulmanes en la ciudad de vascos. In: Revista de Arqueología 1998; 19(1).
Rosser-Owen, M.
A Córdoban Ivory Pysis Lid in the Ashmolean Museum. In: Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Culture of the Islamic World 1999; 16: 16-31.
Silva Santa-Cruz, N.
Nuevos datos para el estudio de dos piezas de eboraria califal: arquetas de la iglesia parroquial de Fitero y del Instituto Valencia de Don Juan. In: Anales de Historia del Arte 1999; 9: 27-33, ISSN 0214 6452.


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