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The Lewis Chessmen

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (series)

    • The Lewis Chessmen
  • Description

    Chess-piece; walrus ivory; knight; mounted; bearded, wearing hemispherical helmet, long girded tunic; armed with spear and kite-shaped shield: saltire over a cross, within a border; sword suspended from baldric over shoulder.

  • Date

    • 1150-1175 (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 8.8 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Dalton 1909 104 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2017 19 May-5 Nov, York, Yorkshire Museum, Viking: Rediscover the Legend
    1995 6 Aug-12 Nov, Germany, Brunswick, Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, Heinrich der Löwe und seine Zeit: Herrschaft und Repräsentation der Welfen 1125-1235
    1990 Nov 17-1991 Apr 1, Glasgow, Art Gallery and Museum, 'Scotland Creates-500 years of Art and Design'

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number



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