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Burmese Wooden Chess Set, 18th Century

  • Burmese Wooden Chess Set, 18th Century
  • Burmese Wooden Chess Set, 18th Century
  • Burmese Wooden Chess Set, 18th Century
  • Burmese Wooden Chess Set, 18th Century

A Burmese Carved Wooden Figural Chess Set, 18th Century

one side stained black, the other side yellow, kings and queens as seated figures, bishops as elephants, knights as horsemen, rooks as temples, pawns seated figures

King: approx 7.8cm high

Pawn: 6cm high

Provenance: Private Chess Collection

Stock Reference: MM 1718


Black Side:

Considerable age showing in the patination. Traces of red showing through the black paint. One elephant bishop and seated queen presumably period replacements.

Yellow Side:

Considerable age, worn patination. Some variation in the pawns. 

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A Note From Luke

These antique wooden sets were used in the streets of Burma and typically show considerable wear through constant play. Kings and queens are figures in the Lotus postition, pawns are probably kneeling or seated monkeys.

From a distinguished private chess collection.

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