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The medieval chess pieces from the Scottish island of Lewis are among our most popular collections. They give us fascinating insights into the international connections of western Scotland and the growing popularity of chess in medieval Europe.
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 at least four chess sets as well as pieces from other games. The chess pieces were probably made in the late 12th or early 13th century in Norway.
Find out more at www.nms.ac.uk/lewischesspieces
Date: late 12th or early 13th century AD
Material: walrus ivory
Dimensions: 69mm high x 37.1mm wide x 34mm deep
Accession No.: NMS H.NS 22
Model information: produced by Dr Hugo Anderson-Whymark in 2019. 583 24mp images. Canon EOS 750D with 60mm macro lens. Decimated from a 8m polygon model.