Polo Chessboard

Polo Chessboard


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Polo was first played in 5th Century Persia and since then has been an important part of Persian culture and tradition especially through art. Polo games in the past were often recorded using artistic means through paintings. Today, this powerful and commanding sport continues to appear on beautiful Persian art pieces like this khatam chessboard.

Khatam art is made by decorating the surface of wooden articles with different types of wood, camel bone and various types of metal including gold, silver, brass, copper and aluminium, precisely cut into geometrical shapes. This form of art dates back to the 16th Century and originates from what was then the capital of Persia, Isfahan.