SongyeREGION OF ORIGIN:
Democratic Republic of CongoMATERIAL:
21.75" (55.2 cm) Tall - Gameboard only, taller on stand.CONDITION:
Custom Display Stand Included.
Private USA Estate Collection
Mancala is a type of the many variations of this ancient board game, rather than any specific game. It is a board game known by different names in different regions of the world. Ayo in Nigeria, Boa in most of East Africa including Kenya, Tanzania, Comoros, Malawi, as well as Congo, Congkak in South Asia from the Maldives to the Philippines, etc. Although the basic premise remains the same of simple mathematical strategy, there are as many variations of the carved board, as there are different names for the game.This aged specimen presented here is from the Songye peoples and is known as Wari among the Songye. The word Mancala means "to transfer" in Arabic. Playing pieces are transferred from one bin to another during play. Large boards like this one were also used in divination.