Beautiful handmade chess sets, chess boards and chess pieces crafted for you here in Ireland.
A wonderful custom made Chess set made from reconstructed stone based upon the Mesopotamian poem “The epic of Gilgamesh” which is believed to be the earliest surviving great work of literature and the second oldest religious text.
The chess set is made from reconstructed stone and polymer and is coated in copper and gold metallic effect paint which has been age effected in keeping with the style and character of the pieces. This chess set is made from an original set of vintage artcraft molds that have long been discontinued.
The tallest chess piece (Gilgamesh) is 10cm tall with a 3cm wide base and the pawns (the cuneiform tablets) are 6cm tall with a base just under 3cm wide making this a substantial collection of chessmen.
The poem that this chess set is based upon tells the tale Gilgamesh the king of Uruk, and Enkidu, a wild man created by the gods to stop Gilgamesh from oppressing his people and described as being “abundantly hairy and primitive, he lives roaming with the herds and grazing and drinking from rivers with the beasts” . After Enkidu becomes civilized through a 14 day sexual initiation with a prostitute, he travels to Uruk, where he challenges King Gilgamesh to a test of strength.
Gilgamesh wins the contest and both men gain respect for each through the process and become friends. Together, they journey to the Cedar Forest, where they plan to slay the Guardian of the forest, Humbaba the Terrible, and cut down the sacred Cedar tree that he guards for the gods.
During this time the goddess Ishtar (who unsuccessfully offered herself to Gilgamesh as his consort)sends the Bull of Heaven to punish Gilgamesh for spurning her advances. Gilgamesh and Enkidu kill the Bull of Heaven after which the gods decide to sentence Enkidu to death and send a disease to inflict him, which kills him.
Gilgamesh upon hearing Enkidu’s voice from the netherworld, explaining to Gilgamesh just how hopeless the conditions in the netherworld aresets out on a journey to try to discover the secret of eternal life.
The characters represented in this chess set are Gilgamesh as the king, Ishtar as the queen, the god Lamassu as the knight, Humbaba the terrible as the bishop, The Bull of Heaven as the Rook and the pawns are the cuneiform tablets on which the epic of Gilgamesh were written.
The chess pieces are representations taken from the various statues of the characters unearthed by archaeologists mostly in the ruins of the Citadel of Sargon II, DurSharrukin in Iraq (some of which are housed in the Louve in Paris, others have been destroyed during periods of political upheaval and are lost forever).
The pieces are more stylistically contemporaneous than they are relating to the actual narrative, and are a beautiful collection of chess pieces that possess much of the timeless character of the original works.
As well as enjoying the aesthetic quality of playing chess with such a beautiful chess set, the act of playing chess itself has been linked to a variety of health benefits and is said to help develop perspective, improve memory, increase intelligence, deepen focus, elevate creativity, boost planning skills, increase self-awareness, protect against dementia, help ADHD and reduce panic attack symptoms.
With so many positives to playing chess it is hardly surprising that so many more people are making playing chess a part of their daily lives, so why not take the plunge and do it in style with a beautiful handmade chess set from MourneStudios.
This chess set is beautifully rendered and is a great addition to any chess collection.
Treat your Chess Set with tender loving care for a lifetimes worth of enjoyment.
Pieces can chip or break if dropped or treated roughly.
This listing is for the chess pieces only. The board is not part of this listing and is used only for display purposes; however, please keep an eye on my future listings as I do intend to sell some of my collection of boards in the coming months.
Your chess pieces will be individually wrapped in bubble wrap and carefully packaged to ensure safe arrival in their new home.
Thank you for reading. If you have any questions about the pieces or any aspects of the making process (or you just fancy a chat) then, feel free to drop me a line.
Adam (Shop Owner)At Mournestudios all boards and pieces are bespoke and are custom made and personalised just for you and as such will carry the name of the customer that they have been made for and the date of completion on the base of a number of pieces (usually each king, just beneath the felt), and for the boards simply under the felt.
If a different name is required as if often the case with gifts etc. please leave a message to this effect at checkout.
I am happy to offer custom colours on all of my work, so if you see a chess set or board in my shop that you like the colours of and would like those on your new set as opposed to the colours advertised, then simply leave me a message at check out and I will get back to confirm your choices.
If you have a colour that I don't currently stock, I'm also happy to see if I can find it for you.
All of the Chess pieces here at
*Mournestudios are are intended for collectors of 14 years of age and above and are not considered as toys within the EU Toy safety Directive (as referred to in Article 2(1)).
Thanks for looking! Adam
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Each Chess set that I produce is made from the highest quality materials with additional enhancements added to strengthen them.
Each piece is individually hand painted and unique to you.
I offer a diverse range of Chess sets to suit the needs of every player and ensure that all items go through a rigorous quality assurance process before their final dispatch.
With so many happy customers who have kindly left me so many positive reviews, you can rest assured that your chosen chess set will be something special.
In Ireland and more specifically within my family, we have a long tradition of producing high quality Arts & Crafts that has been handed down over the years,and that ethos and commitment to quality is ever present in my work.
Unfortunately once an item has been dispatched I have little or no control over what happens on it's journey to you.
All of my items are now sent with full tracking provided which will help with resolving any postal issues in the unlikely event that something goes wrong (delays, customs hold ups etc).
I'm always happy to step in and help you resolve the issue.
Absolutely yes. Any of the chess sets sold are available in a variety of colours. Details available on request.
All sets are personalised by default and carry the customers initials on the base of a number of pieces.
What you can expect from MourneStudios is to be kept updated with the process of making, and dispatching etc.
I will always be honest and give you realistic time frames for the completion of your purchase and will stay in touch throughout the whole process and beyond.
It is my personal goal to ensure that every customer is more than happy with both the art works that I offer and the level of service I provide.
My vision for MourneStudios is that I am able to grow my business into a long term venture offering a diverse and eclectic mixture of hand crafted works and in order to do that I will be going to extra mile for all of my customers.
All of the chess sets that are for sale here at MourneStudios are made from reconstructed stone (Alabaster, Gypsum etc) and are further enhanced with an acrylic polymer for strength.
As an Artist and Maker, I have always been very particular about the materials that I use. It is important to me that the materials are ethically sourced and have as little impact on the environment as is possible. For that reason I do not use any polyurethane or Polyester resins in my work.
Apart from the harmful effects that plastic has on our environment, I find that Chess pieces made from natural materials are much more welcoming to the touch, which makes for a more enjoyable Chess experience.
Yes!! All chess pieces come with high quality felt bases as standard, However, not everybody wants their chess pieces with felt bases as it removes the sound of the piece touching the board, and if you would rather not have felt bases added we are more than happy to accommodate.
If that's you, simply add a note at checkout to say that you would rather not have the bases and I shall make it so.
In most cases your order will be ready much sooner than that, however it depends on how many orders we are working on at that time.
4-6 weeks is the maximum time that an order should take but I do aim to have your order ready much sooner if it is at all possible.
If you need your order to be ready by a particular date and you drop me a message to let us know beforehand, I will do My best to accommodate you and will let you know before you place your order if that date is possible from my end of things.
Very well packed indeed. We want to you get your order in the condition that it leaves our studio.
Each chess piece will be individually wrapped in bubble wrap and placed in a thick cardboard box with plenty of extra packing to ensure that it absorbs any bumps along the way.
If your order does not arrive in perfect condition I will replace any of the broken items at no cost to yourself (including postage and packing).
It is my goal here at MourneStudios to ensure that you are more than happy with your order and will do whatever I can to make sure that that happens.
Whilst the stone casting material that I use is very robust, and is further enhanced with an acrylic polymer to strengthen it, care should always be taken when handling chess pieces due to the nature of their shapes.
The chess set is a collection of castings and if handled with care will last a lifetime and beyond, however as with all earthenware they are not impervious to wear and tear and can break or chip if bumped or dropped onto a tiled floor for example.
As a general and by no means comprehensive guide, these pieces should be handled in the same way that one would handle all earthenware or pottery.
A variety of colour options are available. If you have a custom request I will gladly work with you to source the colours that you want.
I really do want you to have the best customer experience you can with MourneStudios. I'm really are here to help.