chess piece

A white rook made of carved ivory, supported on a pedestal with a circular base and revolving concentric balls in the mid-section. The rook is in the form of an elephant with a cloak on its back decorated with a carved design. A mahout is seated at the elephant's neck, with arms folded. On the back of the elephant is a cylindrical tower with a Union flag at the top.

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