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Small Zulu/Ndebele Tribal Chess Set


Add the flair of African, ethnic, tribal colours grandly worn by the Zulu and Ndebele tribes, as you commence on a spirited game of tactics and strategy that is adorned with the traditional attire of two strong and determined clans.

Please note that the video shows the large Zulu/Ndebele Chess set. The small chess set's design is virtually the same however the board as well as the chess pieces at 70% of the large chess set in size

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Although much of the Tribal culture has been influences by the West, there is still many strong tribal traditions that are adhered to the rural areas. Especially when it becomes time for celebrations. Some of the old ways and modes of dress have disappeared, especially in urban environments. For that reason we have captured the essence of these traditions in this unique novelty tribal themed chess set.

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 Kumbula 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, standing rightfully tall at a height of 110mm, with all the chess pieces having a base diameter of 30mm. This fits perfectly on the 50mm2 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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The King chess piece:
The Zulu and Ndebele chiefs have been elected to lead this territorial battle for their respective tribes.

The Queen Chess piece
Every tribe knows what it is to lose the love of their matron. Protect your Matron and wield her strength in our heated chess battle.

The Knight Chess piece
The intimidating cheetah, and the untouchable lioness, not an uncommon sites in the lands these tribes inhabited, come to the fight as the Knight in your favourite game of chess.

The Bishop Chess piece
The Zulu Shaman (sangome) and the Ndebele Witchdoctor bring their wisdom and sorcery to rise or fall amongst their brothers and sisters in the last stand, calling on the power of their ancestral spirits.

The Rook/Castle Chess piece
Houses were constructed strong, warm and stand up to the fury of the opposing tribe as the rooks on our chess board.

The Pawn Chess piece
The Zulu and Ndabele warriors were the most respected members of the tribe, the path of the warrior often the likely choice for a path to authority and so they strive to ascend in rank as our pawns in this themed chess set.

Ndebele chess pieces (light base)
King  Ndebele Chief chess piece
King height 73mm
Queen Ndebele Matron chess piece
Queen height 70mm
Bishop Zulu Witchdoctor chess piece
Bishop height 65mm
Knight Cheetah chess piece
Knight height 45mm
Castle Ndebele huts chess piece
Castle height 40mm
Pawn Ndebele Warrior chess piece
Pawn height 40mm
Chess pieces base diameter 20mm
Zulu Chess pieces (dark base)
King  Zulu Chief chess piece
King height 75mm
Queen Zulu Matron chess piece
Queen height 70mm
Bishop Zulu Witchdoctor chess piece
Bishop height 65mm
Knight Lioness chess piece
Knight height 40mm
Castle Zulu hut chess piece
Castle height 40mm
Pawn Zulu Warrior chess piece
Pawn height 40mm
Chess pieces base diameter 20mm
Themed Chess board information
Chess Board size playing square: 30mm x 30mm
Chess Board material kiaat/ koto/ maple wood
Chess Board frame material Ground stone - hand painted
Chess Boards size 280mmx 285mm
Chess Set Packaged wheight 2kg
Chess Set Packaged dimensions 350mm x 355mm x  95mm