Games Board

Vizagapatam, India, 19th century

Sandalwood, veneered ivory, ebony and black lac

43.5cm long, 22.5cm wide, 8.5cm high (closed measurements)

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Full Description

Games Board

This example of a Vizagapatam games board comprises two identical sections hinged together to form a rectangular box. Opened, the outside forms a chessboard while the inside serves as a backgammon board. Surrounding the chessboard and sides of the box is veneered ivory highlighted with engraved black lac floral decoration. The chessboard bears squares of ivory and sandalwood, while the backgammon board consists of sandalwood and alternating triangles of ebony and ivory. The gaming board comes with a complete set of ivory chess pieces, half of which are stained black.

For further examples of Vizagapatam games boards, see Jaffer, p. 209, no. 53 and fig. 97.

Literature: Jaffer, Amin. Furniture from British India and Ceylon: A Catalogue of the Collections in the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum, V&A Publications and Timeless Books, New Delhi, 2001.

Games Board


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