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.
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.
The bishops are knights on horses, the rooks are jeering fools with monkeys, and the pawns resemble pikemen or regular soldiers.
It is amazing how the set has been preserved and reached our days. Its age is over 400 years.