Lewis Chessmen, the King, Hand-Carved, Moose Antlers
Lewis Chessmen, the King seated with a sword lying across his knees.
Inspiration: Lewis Chessmen, 12th – early 13th century.
Size: 10 cm / 3.9 inches
Carved from moose antlers, unique hand-made piece z-rune workshop.
Lewis chessman set fact file:
Date: late 12th – early 13th century
Found in 1831, on a beach at Uig, Lewis, Scotland
Made in Probably Trondheim, Norway
Made from walrus ivory and sperm whale tooth
Museum reference H.NS 19-29. On display Kingdom of the Scots, Level 1, National Museum of Scotland
The eleven chess pieces on display in the Museum of Scotland were part of a large hoard buried on Lewis. The hoard contained 93 gaming pieces in total, including from at least four chess sets as well as from other games. The chess pieces were probably made in the late 12th or early 13th century in Norway.