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The Lewis Chessmen

  • Object type

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  • Title (series)

    • The Lewis Chessmen
  • Description

    Chess-piece; walrus ivory; knight; mounted; bearded, wearing conical helmet, long girded tunic; armed with spear and kite-shaped shield: cross and lozenge in centre; sword suspended from baldric over shoulder.

  • Date

    • 1150-1175 (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 85.49 millimetres
    • Width: 23.3 millimetres
    • Depth: 46.16 millimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Dalton 1909 108 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G40/dc5

  • Exhibition history

    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
    2000 4 Apr-14 Oct, Stornoway, Museum nan Eilean, Norse & Viking Isles: Gall Ghadheil
    1995-1996 12 Oct-14 Jan, Edinburgh, National Museums of Scotland, 'Lewis Chessmen'

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number



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