Indonesia  (Asia)

Indonesia. Rama is the main protagonist or hero of the Ramayana tale. Portrayed as the seventh avatar of god Vishnu, he is the eldest and favourite son of Dasharatha, the king of Ayodhya and his chief queen, Kausalya. He is portrayed as the epitome of virtue. Dasharatha is forced by Kaikeyi, the second of his three wives, to command Rama to relinquish his right to the throne for fourteen years and go into exile with hi wife Sita. With help of Hanuman, Angada and king Sugriva - which were "Varana" what originally means forest man and now has become monkey - Rama kills the evil and powerful demon king Ravana, who abducted his wife Sita, and later returns to Ayodhya to form an ideal state.

All sets listed here, except the 3rd, have the Ramayana as theme. The King is Rama, in most sets sitting on the Garuda, Queen is Sita, Knight is Ravana and Bishop, Rook and pawns are the "Varana" (monkeys).

The theme of the 3rd set isn't clear to me yet. But it probably goes about certain gods and of course the Garuda (Rook).

The quality of the carving of these sets varies greatly. The 1st and 2nd set are carved very well, while the 3rd set and the 1st coloured one are carved moderately and the 2nd coloured and the last one aren't that good. But I have seen much worse too!

These sets, except the 1st one, are made for the tourist market and are found in huge quantities. They come often with a teak storage box annex board as shown at the 3rd and the last set. Sometimes there are legs that can be turned out so that the box can be used as a chess table as well.

The last set does have primitively made disks and dices to play backgammon and checkers. Maybe some other game, because there are 16 disks in each colour. Or is there just one spare?

290 01
  • Indonesia, Bali, "Ramayana story"
  • 1970
  • Sawo + djati K 13.4+14.1; p 7.3-8.0
013 03
« 1 of 3 »
  • Indonesia, Bali, "Ramayana story"
  • 1979
  • Paduk (or sawo?) + coromandel K 10.9; p 6.0
  • Box/board (later period) 38.3×18.6×8.3
343 02
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  • Indonesia, Bali
  • 1980
  • Wood K 11.3; p 4.7
  • Box/board 45.5×22.3×9.0 (closed)
357 01
  • Indonesia, Bali, "Ramayana story"
  • 1980
  • Wood K 12.8; p 6.6
  • Set was listed as from Thailand/Burma
358 01
  • Indonesia, Bali, "Ramayana story"
  • 1990
  • Wood K 9.4; p 4.6
  • Set was listed as from Thailand/Burma
151 02
« 1 of 2 »
  • Indonesia, Bali, "Ramayana story"
  • 1990
  • Paduk K 10.3; p 4.9
  • Box/board 38.0×18.5×8.1