This page offers some humorous evidence that HipBone Games have been played at least as far back as mediaeval and renaissance times...
It's just a little shocking to realize that the HipBones Games have been around a long, long time. Early Games may have been scribbled in the sands, but the earliest historical Game (ie: Game of which a record survives) is probably this one, seemingly played by the Holy Trinity in heaven during mediaeval times:
Here is another early board, this one from Oronce Fine, De sphaera mundi, 1542.
And here's Sir Thomas Browne's Quincunx Board:
Finally, HipBone's TenStones board derives its geometry from the Tree of Life diagram used in the Jewish meditative system of classical Kabbalah.
What is more beautiful than the well-known quincunx which, in whatever direction you view it, presents straight lines?
Athanasius Kircher's version of this "Sephirotic
Tree" illustrates the complexity with which graphs and diagrams of this sort have been used in various mystical circles -- though the Tree's original meaning is perhaps best left to the minds and hearts of the tzaddikim...
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