The Backgammon of the Byzantine Emperors

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A luxurious backgammon, inspired by the ancient game of Backgammon, preserved by the Byzantines and the history of the Byzantine EmperorsThe 30 numismatic draughts feature the figures of 15 Byzantine Emperors, as they were depicted on authentic coins of the Byzantine Empire. The draughts are crafted by hand, produced in solid silver 925° and solid silver 925° with 24-carat gold overlay (vermeil) and placed on handmade base in dark blue and light brown alabaster.

The handmade crafted board is made of fine wood of walnut, popla and maple and is decorated with traditional Byzantine patterns and the “Two headed Eagle”, the emblem of the Byzantine Empire. The board comes with two storage drawers on its sides, lined with velvet, to collect the draughts and the two pairs of dice. An exceptional work of art, for the admirers of this ancient game and the byzantine history, for your home decorationand unique moments of gaming.

The Byzantine emperors, that are depicted are Constantine I "the Great", Theodosius I "the Great", Justinian I "the Great", Heraclius, Leo III "the Isaurian", Constantine V "the Dung-named", Basil I "the Macedonian", Leo VI "the Wise", Basil II "the Bulgar-Slayer", Nikephoros II Phokas, Constantine VII "the Purple-born", Constantine X Doukas, Alexius III Angelus Comnenus, Michael VIII Palaiologos and Constantine XI Palaiologos.

Dimensions: Draughts: 3,5cm - Coins: 2,4cm - Board: 43,5cm x 51,5cm x 6,5cm

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Installment settlement: The possibility of installment settlement with partial deliveries is offered, after telephone contact.

All of our creations are handmade and are accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and a guarantee of our workshop.

Estimated delivery time: Following your order, allow up to 10 - 25 working days.

Concept- Design - Curator : Dorit Meir

The Byzantine Empire was the predominantly Greek-speaking continuation of the eastern half of the Roman Empire and it was founded in 330 B.C.. Its capital city was Constantinople. The Empire became a center of culture, development and trade in the eastern world, untilthe fall of Constantinople by the Ottoman Turks in 1453. The borders of the Empire changed several times in its long history and stretched from  the Italian peninsula, the Balkans, Asia minor, Syria, Palestine, Egypt to a small part of the Iberian Peninsula.

The history of Byzantine coins considered that started in the reign of Anastasius I Dicorus (491-518). The front side of the gold coins, usually depicted portraits of emperors inbody armor, holding a cross in the hand or with a cross depicted on the helmet. The bust of Christ was frequently depicted. From the 10th century, the cross brought a round bas-relief portrait of the emperor. Busts and inscriptions were originally depicted on the silver coins. The inscriptions were originally in Latin, but in late 8th century the Greek language started to be used

Byzantine coins are kept at the Museum of Byzantine Culture at Thessaloniki, the Byzantine and Christian Museum and the Numismatic Museum in Athens.

330 - 1453 A.D.
with handmade crafted wooden board
Dimensions (WxHxD):
43,5 cm x 51,5 cm x 6,5 cm
Gross Weight:
4500 gr
Alabaster, Solid Silver 925° and Vermeil
Board Game
4400 gr

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