India  (Asia)

India. The 1st "Vizagapatam" set is actually a decorative set. I doubt if it really was meant for play. The 2nd "Vizagapatam" set was normally sold in a big Sedeli-work box acting as board and containing several (mostly 3) smaller boxes for the chess and the checkers pieces. Shakers and dices could also be part of the game set. I do have only the chess pieces.

The "Muslim" or "Hindu" set is completely abstract, because in Islam it is not allowed to use humans or animals for display or figures. It is not clear what Bishops and Knights are, and Indian people told me that it depends on the area in India. Sometimes the taller piece is used as Bishop and sometimes as Knight. The board of cloth is probably younger. These boards are not only used for chess but I don't know the other game(s). The set here does have a beautiful patina and is one of my favourite sets I own.

So called "Mughal" sets are made in wood, bone or stone (mostly) for the tourists and made in large quantities. But they have a nice form and decoration. Well suited for play as well. The bone set here is sometimes called "Lotus" set as well, I believe.

The last set is a modern "Staunton" set. I'm not 100% sure it is Indian, but the material and way of turning and cutting looks modern Indian to me. The bud rosewood is a loved material in Indian sets nowadays, and the wood has a nice colour and grain indeed. In this case are the pieces weighted which makes it a great set to play with.

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  • India, "Vizagapatam"
  • Early 19th century
  • Ivory K 11.5; p 6.2
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  • India, "Vizagapatam"
  • 1st half 19th century
  • Ivory + horn Kw 11.1; Kz 10.4; p 4.9
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  • India, "Muslim" or "Hindu"
  • 1910 or older
  • Wood K 5.0; p 3.0
  • Board of cloth 47.0×46.0
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  • India, "Mughal"
  • 1980
  • Sandelwood + ebony K 10.8; p 4.2
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  • India, "Mughal"
  • Late 20th century
  • Bone K 7.6; p 4.4
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  • India, Varanasi, "Mughal"
  • 1999
  • Soapstone K 7.8; p 3.2
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  • India, "Mughal"
  • ca. 2000
  • Soapstone K 5.6; p 3.1
  • Cassette/board 25.6×25.6×4.2
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  • India, "Staunton"
  • ca. 2000
  • Wood K 10.0; p 5.7
  • Box/board 50.1×25.2×5.7
  • Set is in a case