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For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

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  • Description

    Draughtsman; ivory; two incised concentric circles at edge.

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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 53 millimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Dalton 1909 158 bibliographic details
  • Location


  • Exhibition history


    1995 Oct 12-1996 Jan 14, Edinburgh, National Museums of Scotland, 'Lewis Chessmen'

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    22 July 2008

    Treatment proposal

    Clean, remove excess resins. Investigate any surface shine and remove if caused by modern resin if possible. Consolidate and fill as necessary for stability. Be aware of possible pigment on surfaces. -This was a group requisition.


    Very dirty surface. No glow in UV radiation

    Treatment details

    Cleaned with distilled water and cotton wool buds.

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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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