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Probably representing a bishop
12th – 13th Century
Size: 5.5cm high, 4.5cm dia. – 2¼ ins high, 1¾ ins dia.
King Alfonso X wrote the ‘Spanish Chess Book of King Alfonso the Wise’ in 1283 and this treatise is especially important as a link between contemporary Arabic and European Chess literature. Spain became the centre for the transmission of chess as a game into the rest of Western Europe. The chessmen were of abstract Islamic shape and those made for an elite market were often carved not just from ivory and bone, but also from rock crystal and jet as in this example.