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The earliest material evidence for the existence of backgammon/nard in Persia is a 7-century silver and gilt bowl now preserved in the Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.
While the modern system of the opposite sides adding up to seven comes into more general use only in Hellenistic times, as reflected by the dice from Pasargadae (Stronach, 1978, p. This very cosmology may also have inspired Indian artists who depicted the game several times in representations of Shiva and Parvati (Soar, 2006; Idem, 2007), despite the fact that the texts only mention a pure dice game and that nard/backgammon is not attested to have actually been played by human beings in India during the 1st millennium CE.
This makes it often difficult, if not impossible, to determine whether a board has been used as a game board or as a board for calculation (see, for example, the clay tablet measuring 6.2 x 8.4 cm with 3 x 8 holes in Edwards, 1983, p. The hitherto earliest board of this type seems to be a stone board from Jiroft in Kermān province in southeastern Iran (Majidzāda, 2003, pp. The fragment from Ville Royale at Susa has been misinterpreted when drawn for the final report (Mecquenem, 1943, fig. 41, board III.1, erroneous drawing after Mecquenem). From the fact that the marked squares, which can be found on a number of boards, are placed exactly at a distance of four fields, it can be concluded that the track to run through on the boards of the Ur type was as indicated in the diagram (FIGURE 2; a different proposal is given in Finkel, 1995, p. A recently discovered late-Babylonian cuneiform tablet dating to 177-176 BCE contains a description of a race game with a plausible reference to the game of 20 squares (Finkel, 1995; Idem, 2007). ), which seems to preserve the original name of the game, whereas the counters (five on each side) bear the names of birds. Objects with variants of 20-, 30-, and 36-square diagrams are also attested at Susa for different periods. However, the identification of these boards as game boards is not without doubts, since similar designs have been used as apotropaic symbols also. A great variety of random generators are known from ancient Persia: a) A binary die of pyramidal shape, similar to the ones found in the royal graves of Ur and dating to the first half of the 3rd millennium BCE, is reported from Susa (Mecquenem, 1943, p.
The end of a “tail” with a cross is visible on the reverse side of a 58-hole game from the “Dépôt du Temple d’Inshushinak”—a votive deposit buried near the sanctuary of the god Inshushinak, the city god of Susa—which dates to about 1300-1200 BCE (Mecquenem, 1905, fig. In Egypt, games of 20 squares can often be found on the reverse side of boxes for playing (the game of 30 squares). They are moved according to the throw of two knucklebones, and special results are needed to enter each of the birds-counters into the game. The fact that this type of board existed simultaneously with the game of 20 squares suggests that the backgammon type of board derives neither from that game nor from the much later Egyptian combination boards for “senet” and “20 squares” with their three rows of 12 squares. If it is a game board, this is one of the earliest examples in the Near East, with other Levantine specimens known from the 7th millennium BCE (Rollefson, 1992). Slabs with 3 x 7 squares have been discovered at Bābā Jān Tepe in northeastern Luristan (Goff, 1976, p. VIIIa)—the original number of squares could well have been 30—and Susa (Mecquenem, 1943, p. Two of them are reported from the end of the Elamite period, 8th-7th century BCE (Mecquenem, 1943, pp. The same holds true for the board of Nine Men’s Morris, which was found in a room of the upper fort at Besṭām in western Azerbaijan (Kleiss, 1979, p.
This assumption is corroborated by the choice of animals used for the gaming boards. Certain cavities are differentiated by colored inlays, or motifs in the form of a rosette, or inscriptions denoting the stages in the evolution of the game. These boards were found with knucklebones at Susa and Tepe Siālk, but with no pegs unlike in Egypt, where zoomorphic sticks are well known and led to the game being called “Hounds and Jackals.” Most of the pegs, being made of wood, have perished. , 2-3, /-X (/ is a diagonal stroke, and X is a variety of the cross; no.
The reduced size and the fact that the boards appear to have never been used for playing suggest that the gaming boards from Jiroft had been intentionally produced as grave goods. This 30th post is sometimes surrounded by additional holes.
Both types have been attested at Tepe Yaḥyā for as early as the 3rd millennium BCE (Lamberg-Karlovsky and Potts, 2001, p. 99-102), since Ferdowsi’s nard is otherwise unattested.
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It is obvious that the astrological connotations of the number twelve have an important role in the game. The players, each possessing five pegs, start from the posts marked as A and A' on the diagram (FIGURE 7) and follow their respective circuits which lead to the common goal marked H.
While most of these boards have the usual number of twenty fields, some boards have a central track of only eight fields (double-headed bird and scorpion-man), thus reducing the track for each player’s movements to twelve fields. A game of 58 holes appears on the other side of the board, like seen previously on another example. This game refers to two symmetrical circuits of twenty-nine perforations, each one to be completed by a player, thus making the total of fifty-eight holes on the board (FIGURE 7).
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