A Set of Five Ayyubid or Mamluk Marvered Glass Gaming Pieces, 13th-15th Centuries – Egypt or Syria.
A set of five gaming pieces made from marvered glass in a predominant dark brown glass colour and streaked with off-white overtones. The different forms of this set – some rounded one domical with a boss finial – indicates they were used in a game with varying pieces.
Such pieces were made using a marver, a tool used in glassblowing, generally made of a polished steel, brass, or graphite surface attached to a metal or wooden table. This technique of glass was used during both the Ayyubid and Mamluk periods.