A rock crystal Chess Piece Egypt or Syria, probably 10th/12th Century

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Lot 292
A rock crystal Chess Piece
Egypt or Syria, probably 10th/12th Century

Sold for £ 4,465 (US$ 6,161) inc. premium
A rock crystal Chess Piece
Egypt or Syria, probably 10th/12th Century
a pawn, domic with flat base, divided into three panels, each relief carved with a palmette design
4.2 cm. high

Footnotes

  • A number of chess pieces of this form are known. These include those in the Cathedral Treasure, Osnabruck (Anna Contadini, Islamic ivory Chess Pieces, draughtsman and dice in Oxford studies in Islamic Art, X, part I, fig. 45); San Millan de la Cogella and the Monasteries of Celanova and Colegiata de Ager (Manuel Casamar and Fernando Valdes Fernandez Les objects egyptiens en cristal de roche dans Al-Andalus, elements pour une reflection archeologique in Ed. Marianne Barrueand, L'Egypte Fatimide, Paris, 1998, p. 372, fig. 8). Another piece, possibly from the same set, was sold in these rooms, Bonhams and Brooks, Islamic Works of Art, 17th October 2001, lot 251.
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