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Chess Piece in the Form of a Warder (Rook) or Pawn

12th century
Whale ivory
1 7/8 × 1 1/4 × 7/8 in. (4.8 × 3.2 × 2.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Pfeiffer Fund, 2013
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 14
Armed and ready for battle, the standing warrior appears in full body mail and a long cloak. He hunches his shoulder slightly, as if from the weight of his armor, and yet has an open, almost smiling face.
Christen Sveaas, Hamburg (in 2005); Dr. Antonio Horta Osório, Lisbon (sold 2013)
Holländer, Hans, and Barbara Holländer. Schachpartie durch Zeiten und Welten. Hamburg: Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, 2005. no. 25.

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