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The Lewis Chessmen

  • Object type

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  • Title (series)

    • The Lewis Chessmen
  • Description

    Chess-piece; walrus ivory; warder; wearing long pleated garment, scabbard and conical helmet with fluting and band of dots; armed with sword and shield: cross; each arm decorated with double row of dots flanking a median line.

  • Date

    • 1150-1175 (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 92.07 millimetres
    • Width: 41.57 millimetres
    • Depth: 29.12 millimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Dalton 1909 123 bibliographic details
    • Marzinzik 2013 127 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G40/dc5

  • Exhibition history

    2014-2015 Jul-Jan, Berlin, Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Vikings
    2014 6 Mar-22 Jun, London, British Museum, Viking: Life and Legend
    2013 21 Jun-30 Nov, Denmark, Copenhagen, National Museum of Denmark, Viking
    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
    2006-2007 23 Sep-21 Jan, Luton Museum, Across the Board
    2006 26 May-3 Sep, Lincoln, City and County Museum, Across the Board
    2006 28 Jan-1 May, Leicester, New Walk Museum & Gallery, Across the Board
    2005 1 Oct-31 Dec, Gosport, Discovery Centre, Across the Board
    2005 23 Jul-17 Sep, Exeter, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Across the Board
    2005 22 Jan-16 Jun, Wallsend, Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum, Across the Board
    1995-1996 12 Oct-14 Jan, Edinburgh, National Museums of Scotland, 'Lewis Chessmen'

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  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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