African Tribal Chess Set - Zulu / Xhosa

1 unit/s in stock
Shipping to USA Customers 2 to 3 working days

  • $297.90

Purchase this gorgeous hand-crafted African tribal-themed chess set from Amazing Africa Gifts today! This set features chess pieces based on the indigenous Xhosa and Zulu tribes, and a beautiful chessboard, all of which are hand-cast and molded from sculpted pieces and then hand-painted. This lovely piece of African themed art is a stunning gift or piece of décor for lovers of Africa and its cultures.

The themed tribal chess pieces consist of the following playing pieces which have dark and light bases for the opposing sides:

  • The king - Zulu chief/Xhosa chief
  • The queen - Zulu matron/Xhosa matron
  • The knight - cheetah/lioness
  • The bishop – Zulu sangoma/Xhosa witchdoctor
  • The rook/castle - Zulu hut/Xhosa hut
  • The pawn – Zulu warrior/Xhosa warrior

Amazing Africa crafting and material details

Both the set’s chess pieces and board frame are cast by hand in polystone (a unique mixture of crushed stone and resin) and painted by hand in incredible detail by our exceptionally talented team of South African artists using high-quality Winsor and Newton oil paints. The chess board itself is also intricately designed and then hand cast, as are the molds that are used for the chess pieces.

The wooden playing squares are a laminate made from koto and cherry wood. The wooden chessboard as well as the playing square laminate are treated in accordance with international import standards and requirements. The board is then set in its polystone frame which boasts a stunning African design.

Each set (board, pieces and frame) takes approximately six (6) hours to be crafted from start to finish by our extremely skilled and talented artisans and craftspeople, with some time allocated during the process for the paint to dry.

Set size


Playing figure height: 11.2 cm;

Playing figure diameter: 3.2 cm;

Board size: 38 cm x 38 cm x 3 cm;

Board playing squares: 4 cm x 4 cm


Packed size including board: 47 cm x 47 cm x 10 cm and Weight 4 kg


We take the utmost care in packing our gorgeous chess sets, such that they are delivered to you safely and in their entirety after the shipping process. The set is wrapped in bubble wrap so that it can absorb any shock while in transit, without sustaining any damage.

The complete set is placed in a sturdy double-walled cardboard box which contains polystyrene packing peanuts which further protect the set during shipping. While we take the greatest care to ensure that the set gets to you in one piece, we know that accidents do happen – so, if any pieces arrived damaged, we will replace them entirely at no cost to you.


We offer free shipping for USA customers for order over $50. Please note that for customers in other countries shipping will be calculated on checkout. Please refer to our shipping policies page for further details.


Please note the above price excludes sales tax, VAT or customs or import duties. United States customers will have sales tax added upon checkout where required, and South African clients will have VAT added. For the rest of the world you may incur import duties that are for your account.

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