@The passed pawn Inn+
My father had an African friend when I was a kid, I think his name as Shaikh, like the title. I am not sure about this, but I believe the chessboard was made by Shaikh's brother. I think it was a gift, but I will have to ask my dad - maybe he bought it. He passed it on to my youngest a couple of years ago. It is made of marble, yet the pieces are soft to the touch. I love this board.