AUD $220.00
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Ancient Islamic Stone "gaming piece"

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A round, sort of bulgingly conical, carved dark blackish agate “gaming piece”, dating from the Islamic Period ( Circa AD - AD) and consequently from what was then Persia.

The shape is well worked to allow the finger and thumb an easy grip for playing. The stone has been specifically chosen for its bold deep colour, which is a very deep semi translucent burnt umber almost approaching black. It may also have travelled along way from its place of manufacture. I suspect this trading distance and the relative rarity of the finished, far from its homeland, would mean it was a prestige item displaying both its owners wealth and status. I assume poorer people would simply use stones, pebbles or pottery pieces, not being able to afford to pay someone to skillfully work a hard stone from far away.

The stone has recieved many tiny knocks and hits over its history and thus has many tiny pits across its surface.

In very good condition, including some old pits that were on the original stone before it was ground down, or are part of its manufacture. These retain traces of the soil in which it was buried.

I’ve seen these discussed on Chess sites, however I only know it’s a Gaming Piece, at this point, it probably wasn't used for Chess (as we know it at least.). But it has been suggested that it may even be a Backgammon piece.

Age: Circa 10th Century A.D.

Size: W 26mm x H 21mm

Weight: 20 grams