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Men Playing Chess, Piandjikent

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Illustration 88, p.105 in Tamara Talbot Rice, Ancient Arts of Central Asia, 1965
88 This wall-painting from Piandjikent of two men engaged in a game of chess has a symbolic meaning, for it is probably based on an incident in Buddha's earlier life. Seventh century
88 Wall-painting: men playing chess. Piandjikent, seventh century. Photo: State Hermitage Museum, Leningrad
Soghdian Murals at Piandjikent, an extract from ANCIENT ARTS OF CENTRAL ASIA by Tamara Talbot Rice

Photos by Mikail ibn Jagfar
Sogdia. Pre-Islamic Central Asia.
Mural. Gamblers. Wall painting.
Glue colour on dry loess plaster.
First half of the 8th C. Penjikent, Tajikistan.
Sector VI. Chamber 13.
The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

A reconstruction of this Piandjikent mural of men playing a board game.
More Sogdian murals from Panjakent (Panjīkant), 6th-8th Centuries

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