greek mythology - gold & silver, medium (deep green & gold board)
Stunning metal complete set with pieces, metallic board and wooden box based on Greek Mythology. This gold & silver metallic chess set is handcrafted and imported from Manopoulus, Greece, world wide know for exquisite quality and workmanship.
A glorious city was the bone of contention between two powerful gods. The God of the Sea, Poseidon and Goddess of Wisdom, Athena, each one wanted the city to be named after themselves. The divine conflict was fierce so Zeus declared that each god had to make an offer to the citizens. Poseidon lifted his trident and struck the rock of the Acropolis where seawater burst out. “It will warn you for upcoming storms. Your city will conquer the seas”, he said. Athena knelt and touched the ground where an olive tree started to grow. “For food, oil, wood and light. Your city will become the symbol of civilization”. Despite the rage of Poseidon, Athena’s gift was preferred and ever since the city is called Athens.
The chess pieces
Greek sculptors loved to recreate this divine conflict through their art:
The King is a replica of the famous statue “Poseidon of Melos” (2nd cent. B.C.), The Queen represents the glorious “Athena Promachos” (450 B.C., Acropolis Museum).
A Hellenistic statue has inspired the Bishop.
The Knight is a part of the marble facade of Parthenon sculptured by Pheidias. The Rook is a reproduction of one of the most admirable Attic stele devoted to young Aristion who died in battle.
The Pawn is a statue of a fully armed warrior in 500 B.C.
This beautifully handcrafted classic brass, metallic chessboard in gold and deep green colours compliment these chess pieces perfectly.
Height of the King: 8.5cm; base of the king: 2.5cm
Weight of the set: 4.8kg