This antique Delft wall tile depicts an alternative game of marbles, which was known as 'Negenkuilen' or 'Koemirollen'. The game required nine small holes in the ground, which were together placed in the shape of a square. The hole in the center (named the 'Koemi' was slightly larger than the other ones. Before the game started, each player had to leave a marble in the koemi. After that the game started. The rules were simple; if a player was able to play his marble in the center hole, he would win all the marbles in there. The four surrounding holes on the corners were known as 'stekers'. If one of the marbles of a player ended up in one of those, he had to add the marble to the koemi. If the marble ended up in one of the other four remaining holes, which were known as 'trekkers', the player was allowed to take out a marble from the koemi. Simple rules that most surely led to a very entertaining game. The tile was made around 1660 and is decorated with 'ox-head' corner motifs. It is in an excellent condition.
|5.1" by 5.1" or 13 by 13 cm
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