Detail View: The AMICA Library: Chess Board

AMICA ID: 
MIA_.97.11a
AMICA Library Year: 
2000
Object Type: 
Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Creator Name: 
Unknown
Creator Nationality: 
Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Role: 
artist
Creator Name-CRT: 
artist unknown
Title: 
Chess Board
View: 
Front
Creation Date: 
about 1680
Creation Start Date: 
1670
Creation End Date: 
1690
Materials and Techniques: 
huang hua-li, bronze, silver inlay
Classification Term: 
Miscellaneous
Dimensions: 
H.5/8 x W.16 x D.16-3/8 in.
Component Measured: 
overall
Measurement Unit: 
in
AMICA Contributor: 
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: 
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 
97.11a
Credit Line: 
Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton
Rights: 
Context: 

Although board games were used in China as early as the Shang dynasty (about 1600-1027 b.c.), it is likely that "Chinese" chess was invented in north India during the sixth century and spread to China and the West along trade routes.

This huang-hua-li board is inlaid with silver on one side for the game of hsiang-ch'i, or elephant chess. The thirty-two ivory markers are differentiated by a single inscribed character, colored in red or black. Chinese paintings and illustrated books show scenes of scholars playing the games of chess and wei-ch'i (go) out-of-doors. This board folds up, making it convenient to transport and use outside.

Related Image Identifier Link: 
MIA_.6852c.tif