A hardwood and horn Moro chess set and board Moranoa peoples, Phillippines, probably early 20th century
Lot 116
A Moro chess set and board, Moranoa peoples, Philippines, probably early 20th century,
£500 - 700
US$ 780 - 1,100

Lot Details
A Moro chess set and board,
Moranoa peoples, Philippines, probably early 20th century,
one side hardwood, the other side horn, knights of "okir" design, with a Moro wooden board, rooks with inset white metal, raised on a decorative base carved with foliage,
the king 3.5cm high, each pawn approx. 1.6cm high, the board 45cm wide, 12cm high (2).

Footnotes

  • The style developed independently. To look for influences one must look back as far as the 16th century when chess was probably introduced to the Philippines. At this time the pieces were turned in simple Muslim designs. What happened with the knights, however, is incredibly interesting. According to Rick Knowlton, the 'okir' or 'torogan' design is a symbol of good luck. It has been described as a serpent or a representation of the wind or tropical storm, and Gareth Williams suggests it may be a stylized horse's mane.
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