A bone chess piece,
possibly Samakand, 7th/8th century,
in the form of a horse (with half barding) and rider with a flat head,
3.4cm high, 2.5cm wide.
- This piece is very similar in style to the figure illustrated in I.M. Linder's "The Art of Chess Pieces" (pages 62-3) and described by Linder as having an attribition from the "6th to 8th centuries". As the Afrasiab figures were discovered a metre below the surface, it is possible that these pieces are actually later in date, and so might be given a possible attribution to the later Medieval period.