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Chess Set

19th century (made)
Place Of Origin

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.


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This object consists of 32 parts.

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Materials and Techniques
Ivory
Brief Description
Chess set, carved ivory, Vishakhapatnam, South India, 19th century
Physical Description
Carved Ivory chessmen, 16 stained red.
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    Summary
    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.

    Collection
    Accession Number
    02440:1/(IS) to 02440:32/(IS)

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    record createdJune 25, 2009
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