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The Lewis Chessmen, probably made in Norway, about AD 1150-1200. At this period, the Western Isles, where the chessmen were buried, were part of the Kingdom of Norway, not Scotland. It seems likely they were buried for safe keeping on route to be traded in Ireland.

The Lewis Chessmen, probably made in Norway, about AD 1150-1200. At this period, the Western Isles, where the chessmen were buried, were part of the Kingdom of Norway, not Scotland. It seems likely they were buried for safe keeping on route to be traded in Ireland.

Miniature Isle of Lewis Chess Set | National Geographic Store

Miniature Isle of Lewis Chess Set | National Geographic Store

A Berserker

A Berserker

Chess

Chess

Pawn and Rook, ca. 1150–1200. Scandinavian, probably Norway, found on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, 1831. Walrus ivory. The British Museum, London (1831,1101.127, .121) © The Trustees of the British Museum. All rights reserved. The fine detail of the incised geometric pattern on the pawn and on the shield of the rook is characteristic of the V-shaped graver.

Pawn and Rook, ca. 1150–1200. Scandinavian, probably Norway, found on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, 1831. Walrus ivory. The British Museum, London (1831,1101.127, .121) © The Trustees of the British Museum. All rights reserved. The fine detail of the incised geometric pattern on the pawn and on the shield of the rook is characteristic of the V-shaped graver.

Lewis Chessmen | Flickr - Photo Sharing! Probably made in Norway, about AD 1150-1200 - Found on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Lewis Chessmen | Flickr - Photo Sharing! Probably made in Norway, about AD 1150-1200 - Found on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

I love how terrified he looks.

I love how terrified he looks.

"Callanish Stones On Fire! Isle of Lewis, Scotland © sandiephotos.com" Caption credits go to the Ancient Celts Facebook page.

"Callanish Stones On Fire! Isle of Lewis, Scotland © sandiephotos.com" Caption credits go to the Ancient Celts Facebook page.

Good news - some of the Lewis Chessmen are being sent back from the British Museum in London to be displayed on the island where they were discovered.

Lewis Chessmen returning to isles

Good news - some of the Lewis Chessmen are being sent back from the British Museum in London to be displayed on the island where they were discovered.

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