Takako Saito Spice Chess c. 1977

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This chess board stinks! No, really—that’s how you play this game. All the chess pieces look the same, so to tell them apart you have to smell them. Inside each piece is a different spice, each with a very distinct smell: light pawns smell of cinnamon, dark bishops smell of cumin, and light knights smell of ginger. Do you think you could play just by using your nose?

Kids label from 2019
Wood chessboard with thirty-two wood and cork pieces containing various spices
overall: 2 11/16 x 12 1/2 x 12 1/2" (6.8 x 31.8 x 31.7 cm); each piece: 1 9/16 x 1 1/4 x 1 1/4" (4 x 3.1 x 3.2 cm)
Takako Saito
The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Gift
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© 2024 Takako Saito / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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