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FROM THE COLLECTION OF LOTHAR SCHMID (1928-2013)

Two large 'King' chess pieces, Persia and Near East, 9th-12th century
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97

FROM THE COLLECTION OF LOTHAR SCHMID (1928-2013)

Two large 'King' chess pieces, Persia and Near East, 9th-12th century
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Details & Cataloguing

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Two large 'King' chess pieces, Persia and Near East, 9th-12th century
one chess piece composed of ivory with carved zig-zag bands, old collection label to underside, the clay piece with fluted edges
Quantity: 2
6cm.
5cm. 
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Provenance

Ex-Collection Lothar Schmid (1928-2013)

Literature

The ivory one published in:
W. Seipel, Spielwelten der Kunst. Kunstkammer spiele (exh. cat.), Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, 21 May - 2 August, 1998, pp.110-1, cat. no.35.
J. Petzold, Das königliche Spiel. Die Kulturgeschichte des Schachs, Stuttgart – Leipzig 1987, Abb. 7 a.
H. Höllander, ‘“Abstrahiert” und “Abstrakt”. Zur Deutung der sogenannten arabisch-islamischen Schachfiguren’, in: Ausst.-Kat. Wiesbaden, 1997, 37ff.

Catalogue Note

These two pieces, probably kings as demonstrated by their ‘throne-like’ form, represent impressive and large examples of the abstract form of carved ivory and clay chessmen. This shape would have also most probably existed in a variety of other mediums, including gold and silver, as mentioned in The Book of Gifts and Rarities, which describes a number of objects from the Fatimid palace treasuries (see Rosser-Owen 2004, p.22).

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