Two stone gaming pieces, Central or South Asia, 9th-12th century
800 - 1,200 GBP
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- 7cm. height; 5.4cm. diam.
6cm. height; 5cm. diam.
both carved in the form of stupas, with bell-shaped body on a short platform leading to a rounded dome with circular finial
Ex-Collection Lothar Schmid (1928-2013)
These two stone chess pieces are reminiscent of the ‘stupa’, the emblematic Buddhist architectural form marking the skyline of South Asia. Whereas early texts refer to stupa shrines being erected over the scattered remains of the Buddha, their characteristic form has been re-interpreted and adapted on multiple architectural monuments. No other known examples of this form are known in chess pieces, their attribution being a stylistic one.