Chess Players

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    This decorative sheet print belongs to a group of about seventy prints from the collection of Sir Hans Sloane and so are datable to before his death in 1753. This image shows scholars playing chess in a garden. The scene is set in a cartouche in the shape of a pomegranate. The intricacy of the double image resembles earlier fine Ming-dynasty colour prints illustrating Romance Chamber by Min Qiji (active 1580--1661). Apart from calligraphy, poetry and painting, chess was one of the leisurely pursuits of the educated gentleman or retired official, having been played at least since the third century in China (it was later introduced to Japan). The numerous chess manuals written in the Ming dynasty indicate its increasing popularity. The pomegranate with its abundant seeds (zi) may be read as a pun expressing the wish for many sons. Chess Players, woodblock print on paper, Early Qing dynasty, China. (c) The Trustees of the British Museum.

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