Description & Technical information

This example of a Vizagapatam games board comprises two identical sections hinged together to form a rectangular box. Opened, the outside forms a chessboard while the inside serves as a backgammon board. Surrounding the chessboard and sides of the box are scrolling flower motifs rendered in ivory and highlighted with black lac, set over a rosewood ground. The chessboard bears squares of ivory and rosewood, while the backgammon board consists of rosewood and alternating triangles of sandalwood and ivory. The gaming board comes with a complete set of ivory chess pieces, half of which are stained green.
For further examples of Vizagapatam games boards, see Jaffer, p. 209, no. 53 and fig. 97. For a similar border decoration of scrolling flower motifs, see Jaffer, p. 192, no. 42.

Date:  19th century
Period:  1750-1850, 1850-1900, 19th century
Origin:  Vizagapatam, India
Medium: Ivory, Rosewood
Dimensions: 41 x 22.5 x 9 cm (16¹/₈ x 8⁷/₈ x 3¹/₂ inches)
Literature: Jaffer, Amin. Furniture from British India and Ceylon: A Catalogue of the Collections in the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum, V&A Publications and Timeless Books, New Delhi, 2001. 

Categories: Oriental and Asian Art