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Chess set - Chess Set

Chess Set

  • Object:

    Chess set

  • Place of origin:

    Rajasthan (made)

  • Date:

    mid-19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted ivory

  • Museum number:

    IM.241-1922

  • Gallery location:

    South Asia, Room 41, case 6A

Chess Set, Ivory painted and stained, probably Jaipur or Jodhpur, Rajasthan, mid-19th century.

Physical description

CHESS SET: Ivory, stained and painted, Rajasthan, probably 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

CHESS SET: Ivory, stained and painted, Rajasthan, probably Jaipur or Jodhpur, mid 19th century.

Labels and date

CHESS SET: Ivory, stained and painted, Rajasthan, probably Jaipur or Jodhpur, mid 19th century. [Nehru Gallery, 1990, 2005]

Materials

Ivory

Techniques

Painting

Categories

Games

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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