Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Arts of Islam

I suppose I should have expected it given the long history of Islam and chess, but when I saw an old chess piece, apparently the King, at the Arts of Islam exhibit I was a bit surprised. It was the last thing I thought I'd see there. I think it was from Iran. Standing some 6 inches tall, the board must have been of a fairly large size.

Anyway, that lone piece was the only chessic object in the whole exhibit. If you don't have an interest in the Islamic subject or art in general, there's no point paying the $15 entry fee. However, if you do, it's money well spent on a leisurely weekend. Don't miss room number 6. A haunting experience, just beautiful!

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