Ecuador  (Americas)

Ecuador. These Tagua nut sets are from Ecuador, although I have one listed at Colombia page.

The model of the 2 identical ceramic sets could origin in France 1st half of 19th century. I'm thinking on Limoges porcelain. Today you find these mainly in America in ceramic. But it is copied by many. Different artists claim this game as theirs. So did Han Theuns (Dutch trader) claim that Jackie Bouw did design it specially in honor of Gari Kasparov! King, Queen, Bishop and pawn are heads with respectively King Crown, Royal Crown, mitre and helmet. Knight and Rook are presented as such. The makers call it ceramic, but it looks more like Potter's stuff. The pieces are hollow inside. First time I saw the pieces they were part of a mobile. To the mobiles they have a hole on the top, so that they can hang on strings. At these sets only at one brown pawn! I have 2, because I thought the size difference was a mistake and did order another intending to equal size of white and brown pieces. But the new one was exactly the same! Actually that was to be expected, because the mobiles did have white and brown figures in different sizes.

The small ceramic game with Spanish conquerors against native Indians was a gift.

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  • Ecuador
  • 1990
  • Tagua nut (vegatable ivory) K 10.4; p 4.2
  • Box/board 34.1×16.9×9.0 (closed)
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  • Ecuador, Quito, by Betancourt
  • 1996
  • Ceramic Kw 9.7; pw 6.7; Kz 8.9; pz 6.2
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  • Ecuador, Quito, by Betancourt
  • 1996
  • Ceramic Kw 9.7; pw 6.7; Kz 8.9; pz 6.2
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  • Ecuador, "Aztecs against Spaniards"
  • 2010
  • Ceramic K 4.8; p 3.5
  • Board/box 20.0×10.0×4.9