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FROM THE COLLECTION OF LOTHAR SCHMID (1928-2013)

Six chess and other gaming pieces, Egypt and Persia, 9th-12th century
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95

FROM THE COLLECTION OF LOTHAR SCHMID (1928-2013)

Six chess and other gaming pieces, Egypt and Persia, 9th-12th century
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Details & Cataloguing

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Six chess and other gaming pieces, Egypt and Persia, 9th-12th century
comprising six pieces composed of bone, ivory and clay, of varying shapes, with carved or incised decoration, the clay piece with a loose piece inside
Quantity: 6
4.2cm; 4cm; 3.5cm; 3.3cm; 3cm; 2.5cm.  
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Provenance

Ex-Collection Lothar Schmid (1928-2013)

Literature

The two ivory, fluted pieces published in:
W. Seipel, Spielwelten der Kunst. Kunstkammer spiele (exh. cat.), Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, 21 May - 2 August, 1998, pp.113-4, no.42.
J. Petzold, Das königliche Spiel. Die Kulturgeschichte des Schachs, Stuttgart – Leipzig 1987, no.5.
Ausst.-Kat. Zug der Könige. Schachfiguren und Spiele aus vier Jahrhunderten, Munich, 1988a, no.23.

Catalogue Note

For a discussion of chess and other medieval gaming pieces found at Fustat, see A. Contadini, 'Islamic Ivory Chess Pieces, Draughtsmen & Dice', in James Allan (ed.), Islamic Art in the Ashmolean Museum, vol.X, Part One, Oxford, 1995, pp.111-154. See also, C. Wilkinson, Chess: East and West, Past and Present, a selection from the Gustav A. Pfeiffer Collection, New York, 1968.

A comparable group of chess pieces was sold in these rooms, 9 October 2013, lot 101.

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