Italian Marble and Basalt Bust Chess Set

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The gold side likely represents the Sasanian Persian Empire, while the dark side, carved from an igneous rock called basalt, possibly represents the Byzantine or Greek Christian Empire (Eastern Roman Empire)…The Persian side features mounts with crescents and stars, symbols of Zoroastrianism in Persia/Iran, while the opposing side’s king has a cross atop an orb, a symbol of Christianity, on his mount.

The chess set came in its original birds eye maple fitted box with scroll frieze centred by acanthus leaves.

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