The chess pieces’ East Indian theme complements the Persian-inspired table (see Wood: The Rubaiyat).The individuals are carved from elk antler and are unique in that each has its own face, expression, and raiment. The sculptured characters are based upon pictures of Indian royalty, soldiers, viziers, peasants, shopkeepers, thieves and shepherds from various times. The rooks resemble the corner towers of the Taj Mahal.
The black team has been colored with a water-based aniline dye before finishing. The black queen has faceted garnet eyes and all the rest of the pieces (black and white) gaze through Swarovski crystal eyes. Each piece has a magnet placed in its bottom so that it is attracted to the magnets in their storage box and is also felt cushioned. An octagonal white oak box stores the pieces in case you wish to use the table to play checkers or cards instead.
kings: 18cm H; 7”H
pawns: 8cm H; 3”H
box: 29cm x 29cm x 23cm H; 11.75” x 11.75” x 9”H
It is easy to stay inside your shell where you may feel safer. But eventually, everyone needs to come out. Some burst out while others are more reticent. This piece may appeal to those who are more tentative about the outside world. The netsuke-sized piece is carved from elk antler and is nearly indestructible, for those that may appreciate a little talisman to aid the transition.
This is an excellent example of the handcrafted antler art by INAKA. This classic design handmade antler carving would be an asset to any home. High quality custom designed handmade antler sculpture is a reflection of the owner as well as of the artist.
5cm W x 3.5cm D x 4cm H
2”W x 1.25”D x 1.5”H