Size : Queen h 4.8″ Base h 1.4″ – The Moorishes invaders of Spain Chessboard base : 20.8″x20.8″x4.7″ – Square 2.2″x2.2″
The Moors in Spain (VIII Century) Chess Set: An Exquisite Piece of History
There are few things in the world that can capture the essence of a bygone era like a finely crafted chess set. The Moors in Spain (VIII Century) Chess Set is one such treasure that transports us back to a time of war and conquest, of culture and art, of civilization and progress.
Crafted with precision and care, this unique chess set is made entirely of bronze, using the lost wax process technique. Each piece is then finished using real 24 karat gold, and signed by the master sculptor himself. The chess board is made of onix and bronze, with a beautiful frame in bronze and real gold, that adds to the overall grandeur of the piece.
The period of the Arab empire’s maximum expansion, between the VII and VIII century a.D., was a time of great significance in world history. The conquest of the western territories started with the first caliphs and managed to occupy the entire northern Egyptian-Libyan region. The Arabs’ desire for expansion resumed in the second half of the seventh century, reaching the Atlantic in the process. In 711, with the expedition to Spain, the Arabs successfully overthrew the kingdom of the Visigoths and proceeded from victory to victory towards southern Gaul. However, the battle of Poitiers in 732 brought an end to their rapid expansion, with Charles Martel successfully averting the immanent danger of Muslim dominance for the West.
The Moors in Spain (VIII Century) Chess Set is a tribute to this time of great expansion and conquest, of cultural and intellectual growth. It pays homage to the Moors who brought with them a unique blend of Arab, Berber, and European cultures, that resulted in the rise of the great Al-Andalus civilization.
The king of this chess set stands tall at a height of 12.3 cm, while the chessboard measures 53x53x12 cm. It is truly a remarkable piece of history that is not only a joy to play with but also a stunning work of art that can be passed down from generation to generation.
In conclusion, The Moors in Spain (VIII Century) Chess Set is not just another chess set, but a piece of history that captures the essence of a time long gone. It is a testament to the beauty and elegance of the Al-Andalus civilization, a reminder of the struggles and triumphs of a people who brought with them a legacy that continues to inspire and awe us to this day.