African wooden Oware game of wood and bonduc seeds

African wooden Oware game of wood and bonduc seeds
Late 20th century, Cape Verde

Foldable board game made of wood, mounted with iron hinges and old tacks/nails. Each half has 6 round recesses (12 in total) and the game is played with 2 x 24 seeds (berries, rocks, shells, etc.) This centuries-old sowing and harvest game for 2 people was already played in ancient Egypt. It is known in the whole of West-Africa under dozens of different names, such as oware, wari, abape, awale and mancala. The rules of the game can be found on This version originates from Cape Verde (West coast of Africa), completely handmade and with a stylized decoration of a turtle on the front side.

Length 36 cm x 6 cm x 7 cm (folded in).

Condition: in a very good condition, although several seeds are missing, although these can be replaced by other large dried seeds.

Carved from two pieces of wood, and attached to each other using simple hinges. Photos are an addition to the description of the condition.

The Oware-game will be packaged with great care and shipped with track and trace.

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