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Steeped in history and tradition; this unique, matchless chess set features two of the oldest and proudest tribes in South Africa, going back to their roots in the conflict for territory over fertile land. Two separate groups of people, each with their own language, culture, rituals and traditions; both living and thriving off the lands of South Africa.

This superior quality Zulu/Ndebele Tribal themed chess set brings you closer to the core of the African people as you take on the roles of some of the most influential tribes in South African history. The Ndebele and Zulu people would hand-craft their own clothes. Certain colourful garb would indicate a woman’s marital status or that a man was to soon be wed. Buildings were sculpted and painted differently to indicate to others the rank of the owner. Hunters and warriors would fashion weapons from hard materials such as wood or stone. Jewellery would be woven from reeds with hours of care, devotion and skill.  These are but a few of the marvels of the traditions that were followed by these ubiquitous tribes of Southern Africa. It’s the magic of this authenticity, the richness of this heritage and the grandeur of their tales that Gala Star captures in this Zulu/Ndebele Tribal themed chess set.
Hours of research, coupled with immediate exposure to these revered tribes, assist to ensure that they are captured historically accurate in this miniature Zulu/Ndebele Tribal themed chess set. The keen details of the virtuous warrior, the precise patterns of the ladies wraps, right down to the pose and position each member holds themselves in, ensure you take home a chessboard that shines with South Africa history. All this atop a masterly crafted Kiaat, Koto or Maple wood board.
All pieces in this unique chess set, sculptured in-house, were produced from custom made, hand-designed moulds, followed up with hours of the finest attention in hand-painted colouring, with a focus on intricate detail, to give authenticity to this Zulu/Ndebele themed chess set. The tallest chess piece in the collection is the revered Zulu Chieftan-King, standing rightfully tall at a height of 110mm, with all the chess pieces having a base diameter of 30mm. This fits perfectly on the 40mm2 chess squares on our ground stone chess board. As always, great care has been taken to neatly and securely package the 4kg chess set to prevent damage while transporting or storing.

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Chess Sets- Large African Tribal-Zulu/Ndebele – TC01

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