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Brown chess pieces in fancy garments

Unknown Artist
Chess board with chess pieces, 20th century
Wood, ivory, and cloth
Gift of Arthur E. Klauser'45

The game of chess has origins going back to the 1500’s with the earliest recorded game originating in India. Since then, many variations of the game have been developed into the universally recognizable chess game we play today. This chess set features 31 pieces carved from wood and ivory.

Questions for the viewer(s):
How might our perception of this object differ within an American cultural context? Does the message of the artwork change?