Solid kaya wooden Go-game table 囲碁 (igo) complete with go-stones
Price: € 1.100,00
High quality and heavy solid Kaya wooden Go-game table 囲碁 (igo) complete with go-stones, in very good condition.
Because the top of the gaming table is made of solid wood, it has a beautiful natural continuous grain. The table top has a pleasant soft colour. Kaya 榧 is also called Japanese nutmeg-yew .
The faceted baluster feet of the table are varnished a tad darker.
The boxes of the stones are made of dark brown Keyaki wood (Zelkova – “Japanese oak”) with nice distinct circular natural grain lines.
The white stones are made from the bivalve shell hamaguri 蛤 cockles. The black stones are from Nachiguroishi, it is a fine type of slate from Kumano in the province of Mie.
The table is in a very good condition. The wood of the board at some places have a kind of tinge of white which is in the wood, and a common characteristic. Please see the photos for a condition reference.
Height 27.4 cm, Width 45.2 cm, Depth 41.5 cm, top thickness: 15.4 cm.
Weight 14.8 kg.
Size of the two boxes of the go-stones:
Height 9.0 cm, Diameter Ø 14 cm.
Size of the black stones:
Height 0.7 cm, Diameter Ø 2.2 cm.
Size of the white stones:
Height 0.7 cm, Diameter Ø 2.1 cm.
Period: Heisei period (1989-present)
Including an ochre flannel cover with fringes and a wooden cover for the table. And for the keyaki boxes its own wooden tomobako 供箱 (storage-box).
Kaya (榧) is the type of wood from which the best go boards (as well as shogi boards) are made. Kaya is preferred as a material for go boards because of:
• the beautiful sheen it acquires with use
• its fine grain, due to its extremely slow growth
• its unique, subtle aroma
• the pleasing sound stones make when played on it
• its extreme durability; kaya boards last for hundreds of years
• its texture, neither too hard nor too soft, bouncing back from the tiny indentations left by stones played
• long-term value, due to the small number of kaya trees available for harvesting
Go is an abstract strategy board game for two players in which the aim is to surround more territory than the opponent. The game was invented in China more than 2,500 years ago and is believed to be the oldest board game continuously played to the present day. (From Wikipedia)