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Ivory Chess Piece

Sicily, 11th-12th century

The Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar

The Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar

This ivory faras, recognisable by the single protrusion representing the horse’s head.

Of particular note here are the two drilled circles on the front of the head; they give the impression of a pair of startled eyes, which combined with its diminutive stature help to make it an immediately ‘likeable’ piece.

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Details

  • Title: Ivory Chess Piece
  • Creator: Sicily, 11th-12th century
  • Location: Sicily
  • Physical Dimensions: h3.2cm
  • External Link: http://www.mia.org.qa

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