The delicate surface is protected with a museum-grade anti-reflective & UV panel. The chessboard is made with a striped Ebony Macassar Amara veneer. The KHAMAMA ‘Noctua’ features butterfly wings of the species Caligo atreus, also called the yellow-edged giant owl, due to its great wing span. The species is native to Middle America from Mexico to Peru. The wings used for this art work are from a sustainable butterfly farm and are only harvested, after natural death has occurred.
The first word from the name of this butterfly Caligo is the Latin word for darkness, which refers to the fact that this butterfly species only flies at night. The second word Atreus is ancient Greek and means fearless. In Greek mythology, Atreus was the king of Mycenae in the Peloponnese and the father of Agamemnon and Menelaus. The two brothers started the famous Trojan war by raising a fleet of a thousand ships and going to Troy to secure the return of Helen, the wife of king Menelaus and world’s most beautiful woman.