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Name of Object:

Chess piece

Location:

Doha, Qatar

Holding Museum:

Museum of Islamic Art

Date:

Hegira 4th-5th century / AD 10th-11th century

Type of object:

Ivory

Museum Inventory Number:

IV.5

Period / Dynasty:

Fatimid

Provenance:

Egypt

Description:

This massive chesspiece was obviously a luxury good, made for the higher levels of society. This particular piece represents the elephant, the equivalent piece to the better-known bishop of standard chess games. Chess, or a form of it, was the game of kings, teaching strategy for later use on the battlefield.

Citation of this web page:

 "Chess piece" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;qt;Mus21;16;en&id=ivory

MWNF Working Number: QT 16

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