Chess set

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.

Chess set, Lacquered wood, ivory

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