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Chess set

Chess set

  • Place of origin:

    Vishakhapatnam (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ivory

  • 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)

Date

19th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Ivory

Descriptive line

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

Materials

Ivory

Techniques

Carving

Categories

Games (puzzles & board games)

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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