Backgammon and chess box in ivory, rosewood, ebony and amaranth veneer including its chess pieces (one knight replaced), its 32 backgammon pawns (one pawn replaced) and 4 dice.
Indo-Portuguese work, late 18th - early 19th century
The game of backgammon already existed in Persia in the 2nd millennium BC. It became a very popular game in the aristocratic circles of the 18th century and became with a few nuances "the backgammon" hence the important production of tables from the reign of Louis XV. It is a game associated with chance. two dice and strategy.
At the beginning of the 16th century, double-sided game boxes appeared: with a chess set on one side and a backgammon game on the other side or inside if the box was hinged. These boxes symbolized the opposition between Fortuna (happiness, providence) and Sapientia (strategy, the free will of the game of chess).
open: 50 x 52 cm