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Teak and Mother of Pearl Game Board

$ 160.00

Persian “khatam”-style inlaid game board, ca. 1910-1940.  Teak wood inlaid with other woods, enamelware, and oyster shell.

This game board closes into a box and has a surface for chess on top and backgammon underneath.  Chess originated in India and backgammon in the ancient Middle East; both games are traditionally popular in Persia and hence were common subjects for khatam inlay artists.  Such artwork is harder to find in the United States since the Iranian revolution.

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