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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
South Asia, Room 41

Chess Set

Chess Set
mid-19th century (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Painted ivory
Brief Description
CHESS SET: Ivory, stained and painted, Rajasthan, probably Jaipur or Jodhpur, mid 19th century.
Physical Description
CHESS SET: Ivory, stained and painted, Rajasthan, probably Jaipur or Jodhpur, mid 19th century.
Gallery Label
CHESS SET: Ivory, stained and painted, Rajasthan, probably Jaipur or Jodhpur, mid 19th century.(Nehru Gallery, 1990, 2005)
Object history
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
Gifted by Mr. G.A.Clarkson.
Summary
Chess Set, Ivory painted and stained, probably Jaipur or Jodhpur, Rajasthan, mid-19th century.
Collection
Accession Number
IM.241-1922

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record createdNovember 13, 2002
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