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Chessmen
R.XI-49
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The exquisite artistic expressions of Mongolian folk art like the carving of chess pieces with their romantic representations of pastoral everyday life became attractive collectors objects by the mid-20th century after which the art form gradually faded away.

History of the Object
Mongolian chess is quite similar to European chess. Instead of white and black, Mongolian chess has red and green sides, identified by the colour of their bases. These four chessmen are of the red side; they are from the left: the Mongolian prince (noyan), equal to king; the sacred lion-dog (nohoi), equal to queen; the camel (teme), equal to bishop; the horse (mori), equal to knight and to the far right the baggage cart (khasak), equal to rook.

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Type
Architecture 
Materials
Willow wood 
Measurements
 
Creator name
Unknown munk 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Sunit, Charhar Adochin 
Geography
Mongolia 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
Unknown 
Function
 
Acquisition
 
Copyright
The National Museum of Denmark 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The National Museum of Denmark 
Museum
National Museum of Denmark 
Credit line
The National Museum of Denmark 

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