East Asian Art
Chess Piece (Knight)Made in Myanmar, Asia
Artist/maker unknown, Burmese
Lacquered wood with gilt decoration
Currently not on view
1964-91-12(1)Gift of John F. Harbeson, 1964
LabelIn sittuyin, the traditional chess of Burma (now Myanmar), each player has a king, a general, two rooks, two knights, two elephants, and eight pawns. This piece is exceptional for its size and colorful decoration. The mounted camel is probably a variant form of the sittuyin elephant (the equivalent of a bishop in Western chess).