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Chess set

  • Place of origin:

    Vishakhapatnam (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:

    02440:1/(IS) to 02440:32/(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    On loan []

These chess pieces were made in Vishakhapatnam, a leading centre in South India for the production of furniture, including games boards and ivory chessmen for western consumption.
Chess is generally taken to be an Indian invention with Persian and Arabic literature recording its existence in India in the 6th century. From India it spread to Persia, and through the Muslim world to the West.

Physical description

Carved Ivory chessmen, 16 stained red.

Place of Origin

Vishakhapatnam (made)


19th century (made)

Materials and Techniques


Descriptive line

Chess set, carved ivory, Vishakhapatnam, South India, 19th century






Games (puzzles & board games); Interiors; Household objects; Shekou; Values of Design; Design Society


South & South East Asia Collection

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