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The Lewis Chessmen

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (series)

    • The Lewis Chessmen
  • Description

    Chess-piece; walrus ivory; warder; wearing long garment, scabbard and hood; armed with sword and shield: interlaced saltire.

  • Date

    • 1150-1175 (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 8.2 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    This Lewis Chessman featured on an Isle of Mann stamp issued in January 2013.

  • Bibliography

    • Dalton 1909 125 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
    2012 - 2013 27 Oct-2 Mar, Douglas, Isle of Man, Manx Museum, The Forgotten Kingdom
    1995 Oct 12-1996 Jan 14, Edinburgh, National Museums of Scotland, 'Lewis Chessmen'

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number



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