Mancala is the classic game of Africa that could well be the oldest board game in the world. There are hundreds of versions of the game throughout Asia and Africa, but Oware from West Africa and the Caribbean is the best known. It is also the version of Mancala usually played at competition level; however, it is simple to learn and is great for children, enhancing both maths and strategy skills.
These Oware Tables are hand-made in Ghana from core hardwood of the Mahogany family stained black. They are robust and elegant tables with a stand that has been carved into the shape of the Gye Nyame symbol, which represents the omnipotence and immortality of God for the Ashanti tribe. A simple pattern, that varies according to the whim of the craftsman, is etched into parts of the exterior and this particular version is a special edition that has also been decorated with brass shapes and cowrie shells to magnificent effect.
Always a talking point for visitors, the table comes with real Bonduc seeds and a rules sheet.
The game is hand-made by a Ghanaian craftsman. It is has a beauty of its own that is typical of the region but as with all hand-made products, there may be minor imperfections and patterns may vary.
NOTE: Not suitable for children under 5 years old due to small components that represent a choking hazard.
Oware Table (Gye Nyame stand, brass/shell decoration, bonduc seeds)