Regencychess The Masai Hand Painted Themed Chess Set by Italfama

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Beautifully crafted in ItalyExquisitely ornate3 inch kingFelted basesPresented on a walnut and maple boardTHE PIECES Like the people, the tribes portrayed in this beautiful set are beautifully ornate. Adorned in robes and jewellery, the kings are attended by their equally bejewelled Queens each bearing a child. This is significant as children are a sign of wealth within the Masai culture. Austere looking tribal elders depict the bishops whilst their beloved cattle symbolise the knights. Masai shelters under the protection of a tree stand as the rooks whilst the pawns are the young Masai warriors who have endured painful traditions and customs to achieve the honour of bearing the staff and shield to defend their tribe.These two tribes meet on a beautiful 16 inch walnut and maple board crafted by the world famous Rechapados Ferrer of Spain.The Masai Hand Painted Chess Men are also available without the board but either way this makes a stunning and unique chess set.THE HISTORYIndigenous to the Nile (Nilotic), The Masai (or Maasai) inhabit southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. With their distinctive dress and customs, together with their proximity to the many game parks, they are among the best known local populations. Whilst they speak the Maa language they are also educated in the official languages of Kenya and Tanzania, Swahili and English. From the census reported in 2009, it would seem that the Masai population in Kenya is growing, numbering 841,622 compared to 377,089 in 1989.Whilst the Governments in both Tanzania and Kenya have initiated programs to encourage the Masai to abandon their traditional semi-nomadic lifestyle, they have stuck to their traditions and customs. Indeed, because of their ability to farm in deserts and scrub lands, Oxfam has claimed that the lifestyle of the Masai should, in fact, be embraced as a response to climate change. Many Masai tribes, throughout Tanzania and Kenya, welcome visits to their village to ex

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Beautifully crafted in Italy Exquisitely ornate 3 inch king Felted bases Presented on a walnut and maple board

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