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Ivory chess piece in the shape of a seated king
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Тhis is оne of the two kings from a medieval chess set, one of several sets found in mysterious circumstances in the vicinity of Uig on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, some time before 11 April 1831.

This striking image shows the king wearing a crown and seated on his throne, with a sword lying across his lap. Each of the kings from the chess sets is slightly different, and the backs of their thrones are elaborately decorated. Chess came to Europe from the Islamic world and was popular among the aristocracy in the late eleventh century. With kings, queens, bishops, knights, rooks and faceless pawns, the Lewis chess sets appear to embody medieval European feudal society.

The Lewis chess sets are made from elaborately worked walrus ivory and whales' teeth. They were probably made in Norway and may have belonged to a merchant traveling from Norway to Ireland.

Ivory chess piece in the shape of a seated king


Found on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
Probably made in Norway c. AD 1150-1200 Htc. 10 cm




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