A spectacular themed chess set based around the Greek mythological figure of Poseidon. Poseidon, the characteristically bearded 'God of the Sea' carrying his Trident, is the King - ready to strike the ground at any moment to create earthquakes, floods and drownings! The famous statue of Poseidon discovered on the Island of Melos, originally created there c.130 BC, provides the perfect anchor for this exquisitely detailed themed chess set.
Athena, the goddess of wisdom, war, and household crafts (textiles and spinning) and from whom the great city of Athens takes its name, is the Queen. This themed chess piece is based on the Athena Promachos (the 'Warrior') created by the Athenian sculptor Pheidias. It was originally erected in the Acropolis in c.456 BC, later to be transferred to Constantinople. Complete with helmet, aegis (small shield or breastplate) and lance, the original bronze statue stood some 9m (30 feet) high and could be seen from many miles away.
The Bishop featured in the following image is inspired by a bronze statue now housed in the National Museum of Athens, dated towards the end of the second century BC from the Hellenistic Period.
Sculpted by Pheidias in c.566 BC, a horse with its rider based on an original from the marble facade of the Parthenon, has inspired the Knight. See for yourself the elegant flow and level of detail in the following images of this themed chess piece...
The Stele of Aristion provides the inspiration for the Castle. Dating back to c.510 BC, the funerary stele (or grave monument) of Aristion, an Athenian bearded warrior, is now safely housed in the Department of Sculptures in the National Archaeological Museum, Athens. Discovered in 1839, the original stele stands some 2.4m high and, according to the inscription on the base, was the work of Aristokles. The figure is seen wearing a kyne - a type of leather cap.
The pawn is a representation of a Spartan soldier dated c.500 BC. The soldiers comprising the Spartan army are legendary and undoubtedly deserve their reputation as some of the greatest warriors that have ever lived. Hardly surprising when you consider that only the strongest babies were allowed to survive (infanticide was widespread) and that they were taken from their parents at the age of 7 years to train, and spend most of their lives as, soldiers. Harsh conditions, physical hardships, emotional deprivation, the endurance of pain and self-denial were all used to create a brutalised fighting man.
Our commitment to you and your complete satisfaction here at your CheckmateChessSets means that we are only prepared to present to you theme chess pieces and chess boards of the highest quality and craftsmanship. Derived from original sculptures, all the themed chess pieces featured within our catalogue here at CheckmateChessSets are authentic high quality items.
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