the set’s chess pieces and board frame are cast by hand in polystone (a unique mixture of crushed stone and resin) and painted by hand in incredible detail by our exceptionally talented team of South African artists using high-quality Winsor and Newton oil paints. The chess board itself is also intricately designed and then hand cast, as are the molds that are used for the chess pieces.
The wooden playing squares are a laminate made from koto and cherry wood. The wooden chessboard as well as the playing square laminate are treated in accordance with international import standards and requirements. The board is then set in its polystone frame which boasts a stunning African design.
Each set (board, pieces and frame) takes approximately six (6) hours to be crafted from start to finish by our extremely skilled and talented artisans and craftspeople, with some time allocated during the process for the paint to dry.
The themed tribal chess pieces consist of the following playing pieces which have dark and light bases for the opposing sides:
- The king - Zulu chief/Xhosa chief
- The queen - Zulu matron/Xhosa matron
- The knight - cheetah/lioness
- The bishop – Zulu sangoma/Xhosa witchdoctor
- The rook/castle - Zulu hut/Xhosa hut
- The pawn – Zulu warrior/Xhosa warrior
This product takes 2 weeks for delivery
SHIPPING Your orders will be shipped within 48 hours of receiving your successful payment. You will also receive an email or text once the books have been shipped, your tracking information will be included. RETURNS Once you have received your shipment you have 48 hours to contact us using the return form below to return your purchase. Please include all requested information to receive in store credit toward another purchase. All products must be returned in resale condition.