Explore Viking Berserker, 12th Century, and more!

The berserker of the Lewis chessmen.  I approve of Viking berserker chesspieces far too much.

Lewis Chessmen Berserker: according to Old Norse literature, berserkers were notorious as fighting uncontrollably in a trance like state.Notice how our Berserker has bulging staring eyes and angrily bites his shield ready for action!

D

Dragon heads on the bow of the viking ships were supposed to protect against the evil spirits of the sea. Whatever, it's art.

The Game of Kings  Medieval Ivory Chessmen from the Isle of Lewis    The Cloisters Museum and Gardens  The branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art for medieval art and architecture

The Game of Kings Medieval Ivory Chessmen from the Isle of Lewis The Cloisters Museum and Gardens The branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art for medieval art and architecture

Lewis chessmen The Lewis Chessmen have fascinated visitors and art historians alike. Believed to be Scandinavian in origin, it is possible they belonged to a merchant travelling from Norway to Ireland.  They were probably made in Trondheim in Norway during the late 12th and early 13th centuries, when the area in which the chessmen were buried was part of the Kingdom of Norway, not Scotland. It seems likely they were buried for safe keeping on route to be traded in Ireland.

Produced in the late and early C, probably in Trondheim, Norway, material walrus ivory, height

The Lewis chessmen – Bishop

The Lewis chessmen – Bishop

The Lewis chessmen – Bishop Sculpted in ZBrush, rendered in Cinema Reference of the original here

The Norse Alphabet Explained by AmericanAngel117 on deviantART GAH! This will be so useful!

The Norse Alphabet Explained. I'll be learning this and writing in ancient Norse all over my homework.

The Lewis Chessmen  at the museum of Scotland, Edinburgh - a bezerker biting his shield.

Scacchi nel Medioevo - The Lewis Chessmen at the museum of Scotland, Edinburgh - a bezerker biting his shield.

The Game of Kings  Medieval Ivory Chessmen from the Isle of Lewis

The Game of Kings Medieval Ivory Chessmen from the Isle of Lewis (@ MetMuseum, USA

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

Lewis Chessmen by flambard. Probably made in Norway, about AD Found on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Knight, ca. 1150–1200. Scandinavian, probably Norway, found on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, 1831. Walrus ivory. The British Museum, London (1831,1101.102) © The Trustees of the British Museum. All rights reserved.

Chess Piece in the Form of Knight, ca. In the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

The Lewis Chessmen, berserkers. Late 12th century, Uig, Lewis, Scotland. Walrus ivory © The Trustees of the British Museum.

Lewis Chessmen berserkers made of Walrus ivory in the late century and found in Uig, Lewis, Scotland.

The Lewis Chessmen: nervous bishop

More of their brothers and sisters are at the British Museum in London.

Viking Chess Piece, Danish or Norwegian 12th Century, Found on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland

Harald Bluetooth

Bluetooth, the wireless communication standard, was named after Harald Bluetooth, a tenth century king who encouraged communication and unity among warring Norse and Danish tribes.

Pinterest
Search