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Numerous Romanesque playing pieces were produced in Cologne, a thriving center of ivory carving. This example illustrates a boy leading the blinded Samson to the pillars of the Philistine temple of Dagon. It would have been one of a set of fifteen pieces in a board game similar to backgammon, engaging an equal number of pieces displaying the feats of Samson and of Hercules.
Board Game of Hounds and Jackals, Ivory and Wood The board is raised on 4 bulls' legs. A drawer with a bolt to store the playing pieces. "Egyptians likened the intricate voyage through the underworld to a game." ca. 1814–1805 BCE. Thebes. Tomb of Reniseneb (CC 25), at bottom of shaft. MET.