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The Lewis Chessmen

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  • Title (series)

    • The Lewis Chessmen
  • Description

    Chess-piece; walrus ivory; queen with damaged crown; back of throne divided into two panels, upper decorated with foliage, lower with interlaced arches; sides also decorated with panels of foliage.

  • Date

    • 1150-1175 (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 7.7 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Dalton 1909 87 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited: 2016 20 Mar-LT, Stornoway, Museum nan Eilean, Lewis Chessmen 2012-2013 Nov-Mar, Bonn, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle, Treasures of the World's Cultures 2012 Mar-Jul, Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Treasures of the World’s Cultures 2009 11 Dec-2010 10 May, Madrid, Canal de Isabel II, Treasures of the World's Cultures 2009 1 May-20 Sep, Victoria, Royal BC Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures 2005 25 Jul-2006 13 Jan, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past 2005 12 Feb-26 Jun, Newcastle, Hancock Museum, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past 2004 1 Oct-2005 15 Jan, Manchester Museum, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past 2004 30 Apr-21 Sep, Cardiff, National Museums & Galleries of Wales, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past 2003 21 Nov-2004 14 Mar, London, BM, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past 2000 17 Oct-2001 8 Jan, USA, New York, American Museum of Natural History, West Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga 2000 29 Apr-15 Sep, USA, Washington DC, National Museum of Natural History, West Vikings: North Atlantic Saga

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  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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