Gaming Piece or Furniture Fragment

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Gaming piece or furniture fragment 9th–10th centuries, Fustat (medieval Cairo), Egypt Bone Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 1969.2.62

Gaming piece or furniture fragment

This small bone piece was carved on a lathe. It is impossible to determine with certainty its function, however. Perhaps it served as a decorative element for a wooden object, such as a cabinet or window grille. Alternatively, it may have been part of a chess set, a highly popular board game in the Islamic world.

Bibliography: Rodziewicz 2012, 7–9, 20–22, pls. 28 and 93–95; Bacharach and Rodenbeck 2002, 84; Jenkins 1986, 52; and Ekhtiar et al. 2011, 112.

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