Final Remarks

There is still a lot more to learn about East Asian chess pieces, and we might still be in for surprises.(Who knows what Chinese museums have stowed away in their storerooms...) Finds of Xiangqi pieces occur seldom, and we don't always have properly documented finds that help us understand Xiangqi history. Detoriating economy in China makes it probable that 'wild' diggings with the sole purpose of making profit will be carried out, during which much valuable information on the history and development of Xiangqi might be destroyed. Once a market with prices soaring up will have been created, it becomes more probable that fake sets will appear that will we be intended for sale outside Asia. Taiwanese and other Chinese collectors are far too knowledgeable to be lead into buying such sets. As for Changgi pieces: as I wrote, I don't know much about old Changgi pieces or sets being displayed or collected. Older Shôgi sets and pieces are priceless, and they are safely guarded by their mostly Japanese owners. Quite a few of them are on display in the Shôgi museums (e.g. in Tendô und Osaka) throughout Japan.

Nevertheless, it might be worth while to have a look at East Asian chess pieces, as especially the Japanese pieces have a look-and feel that is unique. Should anyone happen to be able to get access to really old pieces, give it a try.

By the way, should you have information on old Xiangqi, Changgi, or Shôgi pieces earlier than those mentioned in these few pages, or noted here as 'unknown', please let me know.

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