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Games Box

1825-1850 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This games box originated at the court of the Maharaja Krishnaraja Wadiyar III. He was ruler of Mysore from 1794 to 1868 and a skilful games player. His abiding interest in the board games of his own country led him to develop both variations of existing games and entirely new ones. The 11 games in this box vary from complicated to very simple. The inlays suggest that the box was originally issued with ornate pieces that were kept in the two storage drawers.


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Materials and Techniques
Rosewood, inlaid with ivory, with brass mounts
Brief Description
Rosewood games box inlaid with ivory and with brass mounts, Mysore (South India), early 19th century.
Physical Description
Games box, blackwood, inlaid with ivory, with lacqured brass mounts. The box has a draw for games pieces and fold out sections on the top to accomodate different games.
Dimensions
  • Height: 17.5cm
  • Width: 36cm
  • Depth: 36cm
Object history
This compendium of games is cleverly designed to accomodate four different South Indian games, with drawers for the pieces. The recessed mounts are clearly influenced by contemporary campaign furniture, which was widely used among the British in India during this period.
Summary
This games box originated at the court of the Maharaja Krishnaraja Wadiyar III. He was ruler of Mysore from 1794 to 1868 and a skilful games player. His abiding interest in the board games of his own country led him to develop both variations of existing games and entirely new ones. The 11 games in this box vary from complicated to very simple. The inlays suggest that the box was originally issued with ornate pieces that were kept in the two storage drawers.
Bibliographic References
  • Jaffer, A. Furniture from British India and Ceylon: a catalogue of the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2001. ISBN 1 85177 318 5.p.161, pl.25
  • Jaffer, Amin, 'The Furniture of Play : Games Boards and Boxes in India' in Topsfield, Andrew (ed), 'The Art of Play : Board and Card Games of India', Mumbai, Marg Publications, 2006. pp.128-9 and 134-5.
  • Jackson, Anna and Ji Wei (eds.) with Rosemary Crill, Ainsley M. Cameron and Nicholas Barnard, compiled by the Palace Museum, translated by Yuan Hong, Qi Yue and Liu Ran. The Splendour of India' Royal Courts : Collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Beijing: the Forbidden City Publishing House, 2013. Text in English and Chinese. ISBN 9787513403917.pps.78 and 79
  • Luxury goods from India : the art of the Indian cabinet maker / Amin Jaffer. London: V&A Publications, 2002 Number: 1851773819p.105
Other Number
6,677 - India Museum Slip Book
Collection
Accession Number
06409(IS)

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record createdJune 5, 2000
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