Two-sided engraved copper plate. Both sides show board games in use at the Mysore court in the 19th century, and both sides are engraved with Kannada descriptions of the games. One one side, four grids of 144 squares engraved with script and decorative patterns. In each of the four grids, a different figure is inscribed. In the top left, a drawing of Ramanujacarya. In the top right, the "Pundrakara" mark put on the forehead and body of members of the Sreevaisnavite tribe founded by Ramanujacarya to declare the wearers affiliation/acceptance to the sect. In the bottom left, Anjaneya (Hanuman) in the form where he carries the mountain and flies from the Himalayas to Sri Lanka. In the Bottom right, Garuda, the celestial eagle, vehicle of Vishnu.

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