Sunday, June 25th 2017

Amazing 400-year old chess set

We have come across this chess set in Rijks Museum of Amsterdam and I find it very interesting – both in age and craftsmanship. The figures are very skillfully carved to look like real human beings or animals.

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The black king in this chess set looks like Emperor Charles V. He wears the chain of the Order of the Golden Fleece, and is shown on a horseback trampling a dragon, just as the Emperor conquered his enemies.

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The bishops are knights on horses, the rooks are jeering fools with monkeys, and the pawns resemble pikemen or regular soldiers.

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It is amazing how the set has been preserved and reached our days. Its age is over 400 years.

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