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Chesspiece - Chesspiece

Chesspiece

  • Object:

    Chesspiece

  • Place of origin:

    Rajasthan (made)

  • Date:

    mid 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted ivory

  • Museum number:

    IM.241E-1922

  • Gallery location:

    South Asia, Room 41, case 6A

Chesspiece, ivory, painted and stained, probably Jaipur or Jodhpur, Rajasthan, mid-19th century. Chess originated in India as a game of strategy based on the four branches of the army: cavalry, elephants, chariots and infantry. Although many of the pieces are the same as in the European game, there are differences such as a vizier (minister) taking the place of the Queen and the elephant of the European castle.

Physical description

Chesspiece; ivory, painted and stained, probably from Jaipur or Jodhpur, mid-19th century

Place of Origin

Rajasthan (made)

Date

mid 19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Painted ivory

Object history note

Chess originated in India as a game of strategy based on the four branches of the army: cavalry, elephants, chariots and infantry. Although many of the pieces are the same as in the European game, there are differences such as a vizier (minister) taking the place of the Queen and the elephant of the European castle.

Historical context note

Gifted by Mr. G.A.Clarkson.

Descriptive line

Chesspiece; ivory, probably Jaipur or Jodhpur, Rajasthan, mid-19th century

Labels and date

Chesspiece; ivory, painted and stained, probably Jaipur or Jodhpur, Rajasthan, mid 19th century.

Gifted by Mr. G.A.Clarkson. [1990-2009]

Materials

Ivory

Techniques

Painting

Subjects depicted

Chess

Categories

Games

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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