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The Lewis Chessmen

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1831,1101.113

  • Title (series)

    • The Lewis Chessmen
  • Description

    Chess-piece; walrus ivory; knight; mounted; wearing conical helmet with neck and ear-pieces; long girded tunic; armed with spear, sword and kite-shaped shield.

  • Date

    • 1150-1175 (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 95.36 millimetres
    • Width: 31.34 millimetres
    • Depth: 53.24 millimetres
    • Weight: 150.3 grains
  • Bibliography

    • Dalton 1909 113 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G40/dc5

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2011 13 Sep, Isle of Lewis, Uig Museum.
    2011 15 Apr-12 Sep, Stornoway, Museum nan Eilean
    2011 29 Jan-27 Mar, Shetland Museum & Archives
    2010 7 Oct-8 Jan, Aberdeen Art Gallery
    2010 21 May-19 Sep, Edinburgh, National Museum of Scotland
    2007 14 Sep-2 Dec, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2007 3 Feb-27 May, Taipei, National Palace Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2006 18 Mar-4 Jun, Beijing, Capital Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2005 27 Oct-2006 31 Jan, Haengso Museum, Keimyung University, Daegu, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2005 25 Jul-8 Oct, Busan Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2005 11 Apr-10 Jul, Seoul Arts Centre, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2004 26 Jun-29 Aug, Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2004 10 Apr-13 Jun, Fukuoka Art Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2004 17 Jan-28 Mar, Kobe City Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2003 18 Oct-14 Dec, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    1997 4 May-28 Sep, Norway, Trondheim, Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum - National Museum of Decorative Arts, Trondheim 100
    1995 Oct 12-1996 Jan 14, Edinburgh, National Museums of Scotland, 'Lewis Chessmen'

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1831

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1831,1101.113


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