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 is veneered ivory highlighted with engraved black lac floral decoration. The chessboard bears squares of ivory and sandalwood, while the backgammon board consists of sandalwood and alternating triangles of ebony and ivory. The gaming board comes with a complete set of ivory chess pieces, half of which are stained black.
For further examples of Vizagapatam games boards, see Jaffer, p. 209, no. 53 and fig. 97.

Date:  19th century
Period:  19th century, 1750-1850, 1850-1900
Origin:  India, Vizagapatam
Medium: Sandalwood, Ebony, Black lac, Veneered ivory
Dimensions: 43.5 x 22.5 x 8.5 cm (17¹/₈ x 8⁷/₈ x 3³/₈ 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