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Chess Piece (Knight)

Artist/maker unknown, Burmese

Made in Myanmar (Burma), Asia

19th century

Lacquered wood with gilt decoration

9 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches (24.8 x 22.2 cm) Base (width): 2 3/8 inches (6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of John F. Harbeson, 1964

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In 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).