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Game Piece with the Blinded Samson Led by a Boy to the Philistine Temple of Dagon

Game Piece with the Blinded Samson Led by a Boy to the Philistine Temple of Dagon

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Numerous Romanesque playing pieces were produced in Cologne, a thriving center of ivory carving. This example illustrates a boy leading the blinded Samson to the pillars of the Philistine temple of Dagon. It would have been one of a set of fifteen pieces in a board game similar to backgammon, engaging an equal number of pieces displaying the feats of Samson and of Hercules.
Made in Cologne, Germany

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1150
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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