Chess board, handcrafted in Syria, where inlaid is traditionally worked and where this type of manual work has its origins.
Made of wood and inlaid.
Available in 3 sizes, you can also buy the set of the 3 boards (best price).
Made in Syria.
Small: 21cm long, 10cm wide, 4cm thick
Medium: 30cm long, 15cm wide, 5cm thick.
Grande: 40cm long, 20cm wide, 7cm thick.
* The board does NOT include chess pieces.
ABOUT THE SYRIAN TASK
Taracea is an artisan technique applied to the covering of floors, walls, furniture, sculptures and artistic objects. In the work, cut pieces of different materials (stones, marble, wood, metals ...) are used, which fit into a support until the decorative design is carried out. It is an embedding work. Between some pieces and others there is a contrast effect that depends on the color and the characteristic of the material used.
In the taracea the bed of base between a piece and another embedded one is not seen, as it happens with the mosaic. The material that is to be embedded with the shape of the design is cut, placed on the surface or support and the outline is drawn. Once the drawing is captured on the support, it is emptied slightly, leaving a hole where the taracea will be embedded; then it is smoothed and the set is smoothed so that the surface is level.
There is news of work from the Sumerian era of Mesopotamia (3000 years BC) and the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) in China. It spread through Asia Minor (now Turkey) and later the Romans adopted it when they came into contact with the Hellenistic world. They called this art incrustatio or loricatito. Pliny the Elder makes an extensive description of this technique in his work Naturalis Historia. The pieces with which the inlays were made, he calls them crustae. The Arabs introduced this technique in Spain, which is why taracea derives from the Arabic word Tar'sia, which means inlay.