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Alternate squares of opaque and transparent amber, the transparent squares over gold foils engraved with scenes and phrases in French. On a wood frame, fitted with a small round, carved amber foot at each corner. Accompanied by thirty-two amber chess pieces (02.205b - gg).

Provenance

1902, bequest of William Arnold Buffum to the MFA.

Credit Line

Bequest of William Arnold Buffum

Baltic or Polish (Danzig), late 17th or early 18th century

Object Place

Danzig, Germany

Dimensions

37 x 37 cm (14 9/16 x 14 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

02.205a

Medium or Technique

Amber, gold foils, wood

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Recreational