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Chess Piece, Rook

Object Name:
Chess piece
Date:
8th–10th century
Geography:
Attributed to Western Islamic Lands
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
H. 1 3/4 in. (4.5 cm)
Classification:
Gaming pieces
Credit Line:
Gift of Helen Miller Gould, 1910
Accession Number:
10.130.2523
Not on view
The dot-in-circle motif recalls designs presumed to be of magical significance, most likely an abstract eye to ward off the evil-eye, which serves an apotropaic function. Easily reproduced with a tool and visible in many cultures and times, this symbol may have lost its meaning, and become simply a decorative pattern, or may have one that we have not yet discovered.
Chauncey Murch, Luxor, Egypt (until d. 1907); Mrs. Chauncey Murch(1907–10); Helen Miller Gould, New York (1910; gifted to MMA)
Carboni, Stefano. "Chessmen in the Department of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Scacchi e Scienze Applicate suppl. no. 7, fasc. 15 (1996). ill. p. 7 (b/w.).



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