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Heraklion Museum - Board game

 

The description is headed "The Draughtboard" and reads:

 

"A board game inlaid with ivory, blue glass paste and rock crystal, plated with gold and silver. Four large, conical ivory gaming-pieces correspond to circular areas of the "Draughtboard". This is a particularly complex and luxurious artefact, which bears witness to the high standard of living in the palace and the artistic capabilities of the Knossian workshops. Similar, simpler objects have been found in Egypt and the East. Palace of Knossos, 1700-1450 BC" 

 

Various attempts have been made to work out the rules - http://www.ancientgames.org/knossos-game-zatrikion/

 

Heraklion Museum - Board game

 

The description is headed "The Draughtboard" and reads:

 

"A board game inlaid with ivory, blue glass paste and rock crystal, plated with gold and silver. Four large, conical ivory gaming-pieces correspond to circular areas of the "Draughtboard". This is a particularly complex and luxurious artefact, which bears witness to the high standard of living in the palace and the artistic capabilities of the Knossian workshops. Similar, simpler objects have been found in Egypt and the East. Palace of Knossos, 1700-1450 BC" 

 

Various attempts have been made to work out the rules - http://www.ancientgames.org/knossos-game-zatrikion/

 

comments (9)

That's incredible!!!
Tom Wilson: Astonishing, isn't it?
This is amazing... quite sophisticated...
Tom Wilson: Very! I'd love to know the rules smile There are possible rules here http://www.ancientgames.org/knossos-game-zatrikion/
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 15 Jul 2018, 06:30
I'm glad you've explained what it is Tom..
Tom Wilson: If only one could explain how to play! Possible rules - http://www.ancientgames.org/knossos-game-zatrikion/
I wonder how it was played Tom
Tom Wilson: My thought exactly, Bill. Found possible rules - http://www.ancientgames.org/knossos-game-zatrikion/
The blue glass paste would be cobalt. It struck me immediately.
Tom Wilson: It certainly is striking!
Certainly an intriguing game board.
Tom Wilson: I guess they must have had fun with it - if only we knew how!
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 15 Jul 2018, 16:36
I might have to stick with checkers. Whew...
This is an amazing insight into that culture at that time.
Tom Wilson: That's probably safest!
Just to think that nobody will ever really know for certain how the game was meant to be played for all time.
Tom Wilson: Well, you never do know - archaeology can turn things up smile
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 17 Jul 2018, 02:42
this is amazing

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