Burmese Jade Chess Set
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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Folk Art: Pre 1980: item # 312760
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|Variations in the shades of these green and white jade chess pieces give this set from Burma (Myanmar) extra appeal. Green knights are dark and opaque; other green pieces are translucent and various lighter shades. Many of the white pieces show a blush of pink. Burma is the source of much of the world's jade, which is found there in several colors. The board, set into the top of a carved teak wood storage/carrying case, also is made of green and white jade. Chess pieces are carved in the Western Staunton style while the board, with its two winding dragons, is in Asian style, including a wish for happiness expressed with a large carved "happy." English words and phrases still are common in Burma, a British colony for many years. The case is fitted with a carrying handle and two drawers that pull out from opposite sides of the board. The set is from mid to late 20th century. Dimensions of the case: height 2-1/2" (6 cm), width and depth 19" (48 cm). The kings are 2-1/2" (6 cm) tall; the pawns are 1-1/2" (4 cm) tall.|