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Islamic Rock Crystal Chess Set, circa 1920

  • Islamic Muslim Rock Crystal Chess Set
  • Islamic Muslim Rock Crystal Chess Set
  • Islamic Muslim Rock Crystal Chess Set
  • Islamic Muslim Rock Crystal Chess Set

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

Condition

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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