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Game board?
#1
The first image I've posted is from Barcelona, Museu d'Historia de la Ciutat, from the site of the workshop areas (Fullers etc) dated around 2nd AD. I thought this was an etching by a bored slave of the mosaic pattern Solomon's knot (2nd image of a mosaic added for comparison). I've just found my photo of the label and it says, 'game boards engraved on pottery'.

Anyone seen anything like this, any other games like this?

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#2
Quote:Anyone seen anything like this, any other games like this?

You mean other games based on this knot pattern?

In the Xanten museum, there is a carved ceramic tile used as a gameboard on display

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#3
Yes, as a specific game based on that pattern. The other etching to the top left, I've been informed is for Nine Man's Morris.
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#4
Perhaps the curator was a bit generous with the grammatical number and the "game boards" refer only to the Nine Man's Morris on the tile. I find it difficult to imagine a game based on such a knot pattern other than a Carrera-Bahn. ;-)
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#5
There's also the 'Game of Twenty Squares' scratched onto the plinth of the Assyrian 'Colossal Winged Bull' in the British Museum (sorry no pic).
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Stefan, maybe their version with chariots!
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#7
I quickly looked into this book, but did not find any such game based on this knot pattern.

By the way, according to this book the Xanten tile was for Nine Man's Morris, although to my untrained eye the pattern looks rather like Alquerque.
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(06-26-2014, 12:48 PM)Eleatic Guest Wrote:
Quote:Anyone seen anything like this, any other games like this?

You mean other games based on this knot pattern?

In the Xanten museum, there is a carved ceramic tile used as a gameboard on display

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That game is Alquerque indeed.
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(06-26-2014, 07:54 AM)Musivarius Wrote: Anyone seen anything like this, any other games like this?

Pacman?
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