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Chess Board
about 1680

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Chess Board
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1670
Creation End Date: 1690
Creation Date: about 1680
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Miscellaneous
Materials and Techniques: huang hua-li, bronze, silver inlay
Dimensions: H.5/8 x W.16 x D.16-3/8 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 97.11a
Credit Line: Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton

Although board games were used in China as early as the Shang dynasty (about 1600-1027 b.c.), it is likely that "Chinese" chess was invented in north India during the sixth century and spread to China and the West along trade routes.

This huang-hua-li board is inlaid with silver on one side for the game of hsiang-ch'i, or elephant chess. The thirty-two ivory markers are differentiated by a single inscribed character, colored in red or black. Chinese paintings and illustrated books show scenes of scholars playing the games of chess and wei-ch'i (go) out-of-doors. This board folds up, making it convenient to transport and use outside.

AMICA ID: MIA_.97.11a
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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