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unknown Yoruba
Yoruba Primary

Opon Ayo (Sowing Game)

19th century - 20th century
Carved and incised wood

22 1/16 in. x 5 7/8 in. (56 cm x 15 cm)
Gift of Bruce and Adele King, in memory of Nicole M. King, Class of 1986

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2003.27.13
Other Number(s): King Collection TN-1 (Temporary Number)
Geography: Africa, Nigeria
Classification: Toys and Games; Games
Culture/Nationality: Yoruba, Nigerian, West African, African
Collection: King Collection
Sowing (count and capture) games have been popular throughout the world for centuries. This particular sowing game from Nigeria is known as Ayo Olopon, more commonly called Ayo. Each player has six cups on their side of the game board; twenty-four pebbles or seeds are divided evenly among the cups. The object of the game is to collect more pieces than your opponent.

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