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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 220

    A CHESS GAME

    MUGHAL INDIA, SECOND HALF 18TH CENTURY

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    A CHESS GAME
    MUGHAL INDIA, SECOND HALF 18TH CENTURY
    Gouache heightened with gold on paper, a nocturnal scene with two ladies sitting on a floral rug on a terrace wearing lavish robes of purple and orange and playing a game of chess, one holds a hookah pipe in her hand, dense foliage in the background and foreground, laid down on album page between gold and blue floral borders on a gold outer margin with polychrome floral and avian decoration, mounted, framed and glazed
    Miniature 7½ x 6in. (18.9 x 14.9cm.) (2)


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    The game of chess is believed to have originated in India, where it was known as chaturanga. The first literary references to the game come from the Mahabharata. The game is symbolic of the four units or divisions of ancient armies comprising elephants, horses, chariots and soldiers on foot. The Persians later created the more recognizable version of the game, shatranj.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    AFTERNOON SESSION AT 2.30 P.M.