Set of 16 Gaming Pieces

The Khalili Collections

The Khalili Collections

Pieces for the board game of pachisi, 'the national game of India', come in a variety of shapes and materials, including wood, lacquer, ivory and more precious materials such as gold set with gems. Each of the four players plays with a group of four pieces, differentiated here by the colours of the stones: red, green, blue and yellow. Gaming pieces of this type were also used for other board games such as chaupur and chausar, which are chiefly played with oblong dice on a cross-shaped board.


  • Title: Set of 16 Gaming Pieces
  • Date Created: late 18th century
  • Location Created: Mughal India
  • Type: ARTIFACT
  • Medium: gold on a lac core, enamelled and set with rubies, emeralds, and blue and yellow sapphires in gold kundan

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