Islamic Rock Crystal Chess Set, circa 1920
An Islamic or Muslim rock crystal chess set, Northern India, circa 1920
decorated with floral motifs in gilt, one side predominantly red, the other side predominantly green, with a red cloth board with stitched white squares
King: 6cm high
Pawn: 2.9cm high
Cloth Board: 34.5cm wide
Stock Reference: MT 1819
Generally very good. There's some rubbing to the stain consistent with age. The red king has a small chip or 'flake' to the base, and the cloth board has some age wear holes to the reverse lining and is slightly marked.
A Note From Luke
Incredibly pretty Islamic chess set caved from mineral rock crystal. One side has a green stain, the other side, red. All the chessmen are decorated with flowers and leaves in gilt.
Islamic chess sets are always carved in the abstract as the Koran forbids the depiction of the faces that you will find in the figural chess sets popular in Europe.
This set comes with a red and white cloth "board".
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