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Chess Piece, Probably a Pawn

Object Name:
Chess piece
Date:
11th–12th century
Geography:
Attributed to Western Islamic Lands
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
H. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm)
Classification:
Gaming pieces
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gustavus A. Pfeiffer Fund, 1947
Accession Number:
47.68
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 457
Inscription: Transliteration: al-Zahir (Fatimid Caliph, ruling 1021-1035 A.D.) (CKW)

Marking: Carved in low relief around base, Arabic transliteration:
[ Kouchakji Frères, New York, until 1947; sold to MMA]
New York. The Cloisters Museum & Gardens. "The Game of Kings: Medieval Ivory Chessmen from the Isle of Lewis," November 15, 2011–April 22, 2012, no catalogue.

McNab, Jessie. "A Selection from the Gustavius A. Pfeiffer Collection." In Chess: East and West, Past and Present. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1968. no. 4.

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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