A unique design compared to our larger tribal chess sets, this stunning miniature chess set in earthy design features members of two of South Africa’s largest and oldest tribes - the Zulu and the Xhosa tribes - pitted against one another on a small scale. Add some vibrant African flair to your home or office with this gorgeous chess set featuring chess playing pieces hand-cast from polystone and hand-painted with Winsor and Newton oil paints. Alternatively, this set makes the perfect curio gift for people who love Africa and its diverse cultures.
The miniature tribal chess set features the following playing pieces:
- The king – Zulu/Xhosa chief
- The queen – Zulu/Xhosa matron
- The knight – Zulu/Xhosa messengers
- The bishop – Zulu sangoma/Xhosa witchdoctor
- The rook – water pot
- The pawn – shepherds/cattle-herders
Both the set’s chess pieces and board frame are cast by hand in polystone (a unique mixture of crushed stone and resin) and painted by hand in incredible detail by our exceptionally talented team of South African artists using high-quality Winsor and Newton oil paints. The wooden chess board itself is also carved by hand, as are the molds that are used for the chess pieces. The chess pieces in the miniature set are exactly the same as the general tribal chess pieces, made to scale through the use of 3D printing.
The board squares are hand carved from koto and cherry wood, and then treated in accordance with international import standards and requirements. The board is then set in its polystone frame which boasts a stunning African design.
Each set (board, pieces and frame) takes approximately six (6) hours to be crafted from start to finish by our extremely skilled and talented artisans and craftspeople, with some time allocated during the process for the paint to dry.
- Board size: 11.5 (11 1/2")
- Square size: 1.188 ( 1 3/16")
- King height: 2.750 ( 2 3/4")