Golden Chess Set

Golden Chess Set

This luxurious chess set consists of 32 chess pieces inlaid with 425 stones from diamonds and decorated with colored enamel. The chess pieces take the form of humans and animals. The human pieces reflect the rank of their chess counterparts, with the king piece representing the person of a ruler, and the pawns riflemen. The bases of the pieces bear colored enamel paintings of historic personalities and buildings.

Date: Muhammed Ali Dynasty, King Faruq (1936–1952 AD)

Medium: Gold, precious stones

Provenance: Iran