Go Board

Go Board
Height 26.0 cm, width 43.7 cm, depth 40.2 cm; Edo period, 19th century; Gift of the Ii Family

Go, shogi, and sugoroku game boards, collectively called the sanmen (“three boards”), formed a standard set as part of the trousseau of a daimyo woman. When Yoshiko, daughter of Prince Arisugawa Takahito, married fourteenth daimyo Ii Naonori, she brought a set of boards with her, including this go board. Triple-chrysanthemum (mitsu-yoko-giku) crests of the Arisugawa-no-miya family are scattered among scrolling patterns festooned with sasa bamboo leaves on a black lacquer ground.

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