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Games in the Courtyard Cafe
Come to the MIA Library Courtyard Café and enjoy playing chess, snakes and ladders, ludo or backgammon in this beautiful outdoor setting throughout the month of April.
Open during Museum hours.
Kings and Pawns: Board Games from India to Spain
19 March to 21 June 2014
The exhibition focuses heavily on chess, from its origins in India to its adoption by the Persian élite and its subsequent spread across the Middle East, North Africa and Europe following the rise of Islam. However, a significant part of Kings and Pawns will also examine other board games with Indian and Islamic connections such as ‘pachisi’ (ludo), and ‘gyan chaupar’ (snakes and ladders), bringing to life the spread of ideas and shared culture over the centuries.
Kings & Pawns features game boards, game pieces, Persian and Arabic chess manuals, paintings and illustrated manuscripts.
24 April, 7pm in MIA Auditorium