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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, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;qt;Mus21;16;en
MWNF Working Number: QT 16