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This item has been added to the Database within the Explore Islamic Art Collections project. Information is available in: English.

Name of Object:

Chess piece

Location:

Doha, Qatar

Holding Museum:

Museum of Islamic Art

About Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

Date of Object:

Hegira 4th-5th century / AD 10th-11th century

Museum Inventory Number:

IV.5

Period / Dynasty

Fatimid

Provenance:

Egypt

Description:

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.

Citation of this web page:

 "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

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 Artistic Introduction

Islamic Dynasties / Period

Fatimids


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