Queen Chess Piece


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 307

Few medieval pieces in the form of Bishops, Kings, or Queens survive. The Queen was one of medieval Europe’s key contributions to the game of chess as it is known today. Beginning in the twelfth century, Queens gradually replaced the Viziers (male advisers to the king) of the Islamic and Persian chess tradition. Astride her horse and poised for battle, this Queen is surrounded by an entourage; some members of the group seek her aid.

Queen Chess Piece, Whale ivory, Scandinavian

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