- Museum number
Gouache painting on paper. Three women seated on a terrace playing chess, one of whom leans against a large bolster. The chess board is part of a specially designed low table.
- Production date
- 1800 (circa)
Height: 31 centimetres (including border)
Height: 56 centimetres (including mount)
Width: 21 centimetres (including border)
Width: 40.50 centimetres (including mount)
- Curator's comments
- Blurton, R:
Chess probably originated in India, and may be based on the divisions of the army of ancient kings. The game is a 'battle' between two royal forces. From India, the game spread to the Middle East, Europe - and then the world. Other games of Indian origin include 'snakes and ladders', and 'pachisi' - of which the modern game ludo is a derivative (it is called "parchis" in Spanish).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2007 9 Aug-11 Nov, London, BM, Faith, Narrative and Desire: Masterpieces of Indian Painting in the British Museum.
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Chess
- Acquisition date
- Registration number