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Da Ma (Song) (Dama)DLP Game   

Period Medieval

Region Eastern Asia


Da |Ma is a race game that was played in medieval China since during the Song Dynasty. It is most famously documented in a poem, Dama Fu by Li Qingzhao.


91 spaces, 56 pieces. Five two-sided dice, black on one side, red on the other. Pieces can be sent back to start. Certain spaces prevent players from moving forward. Pieces can move forward or backward.




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Cribb 2007; Lo 2007.

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Cribb. J. 2007. "Horse Coins." In I. Finkel (ed.), Ancient Board Games in Perspective. London: British Museum Press, 116-124.

Lo, A. 2007. An introduction to board games in Late Imperial China. In I. Finkel (ed), Ancient Board Games in Perspective. London: The British Museum Press. pp. 125–132.

Shields, A. 2019. The Works of Li Qingzhao. Translate by R. Egan. Boston: De Greuyter.



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