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Chess Piece, Bishop

Object Name:
Chess piece
8th–10th century
Attributed to Western Islamic Lands
H. 3-9/16 in. (9 cm) D: 2-5/16 in. (5.9 cm)
Gaming pieces
Credit Line:
Gift of Alastair B. Martin, 1949
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 457
Alphonse Kann, Paris; Jakob Goldschmidt, Berlin; Alastair Bradley Martin, Glen Neck, NY (by 1948–49; gifted to MMA)
New York. Asia Society. "Asian Games: The Art of Contest," October 14, 2004–January 18, 2005, no. 12:26.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. "Asian Games: The Art of Contest," February 26, 2005–May 15, 2005, no. 12:26.

Middlebury College Museum of Art. "Asian Games: The Art of Contest," September 8, 2005–December 11, 2005, no. 12:26.

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.

Goldschmidt, Adolph. Die Elfenbeinskulpturen aus der romanischen Zeit, XI.-XIII. Jahrhundert. Vol. 4. Berlin: Bruno Cassirer, 1926. p. 6, ill. fig. 11.

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. 5.

Ettinghausen, Richard. "Islamic Art." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 33, no. 1 (Spring 1975). ill. p. 47 (b/w).

Bornstein, Christine Verzar, and Priscilla P. Soucek. The Meeting of Two Worlds: The Crusades and the Mediterranean Context. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Museum of Art, 1981.

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. 5-6 (b/w).

Mackenzie, Colin, and Irving Finkel, ed. Asian Games The Art of Contest. New York: Asia Society, 2004. no. 12:26, p. 155, ill. (color).

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