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Japanese Backgammon or Sugoroku Game Set

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This beautiful Japanese backgammon, or sugoroku, set is covered in exquisite lacquer

Key Features

  • This exceptional Japanese backgammon, or sugoroku, game set was crafted during the Meiji period
  • Beautiful lacquer work surrounds the entire game box
  • Ivory game pieces and a lacquered dice shaker complete the sets design
  • Sugoroku has been played in Japan since the 6th century, and continues to be popular

Item Details

  • Width:
    15 1/2 Inches
  • Height:
    8 1/4 Inches
  • Depth:
    11 Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
This beautiful Japanese Meiji-period backgammon, or sugoroku, set is as much a fine objet d'art as it is an entertaining game. The entire parameter of the box is decorated in exquisite golden lacquer in an intricate foliate motif. Ivory game pieces and a lacquered dice shaker complete this elegant game set. Sugoroku is played nearly the same as backgammon, but with very slight differences. It's believed that the game came to Japan from Persia (via China) sometime during the 6th century, and it continues to be popular there even today. 

Certified import documentation from CITES is available for this object.

Circa 1820

15 1/2" wide x 11" deep x 8 1/4" high

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