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Elephant Chessman, Rajasthan, circa 1840

  • Elephant Chessman, Rajasthan, circa 1840
  • Elephant Chessman, Rajasthan, circa 1840

An Indian Export Ivory Chessman, probably a Rook, Rajasthan, circa 1840

painted and lacquered in red, with gilt highlights, featuring an elephant on a rectangular base, with the mahout driver (canopy missing)

Height: 9.9cm 

Width: 4.3cm 

Depth: 6.6cm 

Reference: Frank Greygoose, Chessmen, pp. 126-127, figures 132 and 133

Stock Reference: MJ 1710

Important Notice on the Export of Antique Elephant Ivory (CITES)

Please note that as the chess set contains antique elephant ivory it will require a CITES export licence to export to destinations outside the European Union. Due to recent US legislation, it is with regret that we are unable to export this item to the United States of America. Please contact me if you need further information.



Original canopy missing, several drilled holes where it would have been attached, general age wear and minor scuffs. Arm chipped.

A Note From Luke

Elephant chessman from a mid 19th century Rajasthan export chess set. The piece is carved from ivory and given a lacquered and painted finish. Probably a rook.

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