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Indian chess set

Figures of the chess set were created according to the original indian rules: raja-king, mantri-minsiter(queen), ashwa-horse(knight), hasty-elephant (bishop), rathar-wain(rook), padah-pawn. In the indaian point of view „chess is the mirror of the whole shebang” - this sign is to be read in sanscrit language on one side of the chess board. On the opposite side the signs of the 8 elements are to be seen. On side 3 and 4 the numbers and the letters are to be found. The 8x8 board itself is equal to a mandala /Vastu-mandala- the quadratic symbol of the Sun's orbit/ which is according to the indians fixed with golden ropes. In the four corners there are Vaikuntha images which is equal to the christian Heavenly Jerusalem drawing. The game itself symbolizes the fight between deva's (the gods) and the asura's (the demons).


The 6 pieced Statuette referres to Plato's Androgyne myth. Béla Hamvas describes this in the 3rd part of Scientia Sacra like this: „ In the beginning humans were two-faced, four-handed, for-legged creatures but they started to grow so big that the Gods cut them in to two. Since, the divided being can not think of anything but finding it's other part for reunion”. We can consider the 6 pieces as a depiction of this, or from the other point of view: as the recreation of the being.