A unique piece, made of a tropical wood, 12 1/4" by 6" by 3 1/4", the box hinged, opening from the top, revealing scooped-out recesses when opened. A bird incised with a burning tool and the date 1964 also so incised appear on the front portion that opens out. On the sides, likewise, a design is burned into the wood. This appears to me to be of Caribbean (Haitian?), Mexican/Central American or South American origin, though I suppose it could be African (I think, much less likely). When found, rounded pebbles were present in the scooped out areas. Perhaps this is some sort of simple game board; otherwise I cannot name a function. There are bore holes from insects in the back, and an area there is taped up due to cracking or weakening from bore damage. Please let me know if you can name the function of this unique work.
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