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Himalayan Royalty Carved Bone Chess Set


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: Himalayas: Pre 1960: Item # 878356

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Carved bone chessmen patterned after Nepalese and Indian royalty and their subjects make up this mid-20th century bone chess set from Nepal. Both kings wear elaborate costumes. One of them is carved with multiple mustachioed faces; the other is in hunting regalia with his long hair hanging down his back. The buxom queens have heavy brows and wear patterned head scarves. Knights are winged horses, rooks are elephants, bishops are camels, and pawns are long-haired attendants in uniform. These hand carved bone pieces have an ergonomic design that makes them pleasant to handle, with an easy-to-grip stem and the proper weighting. The set is in perfect condition. Dimensions of kings: height 3 ¼” (8 cm), width 1 ½” (4 cm), depth 1 ¼” (3 cm). Dimensions of pawns: height 2 ½” (6 cm), width and depth 1" (2 cm).