Museum of Islamic Art
Hegira 4th-5th century / AD 10th-11th century
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.
"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