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Chess set

Date:
ca. 1800
Geography:
Made in India
Medium:
Lacquered wood, ivory
Dimensions:
Board: 1 3/4 x 16 5/8 x 16 5/8 in. (4.4 x 42.2 x 42.2 cm)
Classification:
Natural Substances
Credit Line:
Gift of the Members of the Committee of the Bertha King Benkard Memorial Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
46.67.74a–gg
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 725
The game of chess probably originated in India, where ivory chess pieces have been found dating as far back as the eighth century. This set and board were made for the Western market but are distinguished from the majority of export pieces by their exquisitely intricate carving. The use of red and white figures instead of black and white is characteristic of sets produced in India.
Daniel Webster, from 1847; Mrs. Fletcher Webster, until 1876; Ruth A. Leonard, from 1876; her daughter, Eliza Leonard Knox; Mrs. Harry Horton (Bertha King) Benkard, Oyster Bay, New York, until died 1945; [Members of the Committee of the Bertha King Benkard Memorial Fund, Wilmington, Delaware, 1945–1946]
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