One of the most famous treasures to have come out of the ground in
Scotland is a hoard of ivory chessmen and other gaming pieces found
in the Isle of Lewis. the humorous and intricately designed pieces
are now divided between national Museums Scotland and the British
Museum. Experts all agree that they are medieval and of
Scandinavian origin. They are remarkably fine pieces of
craftsmanship and have fascinated all who see them. This account
provides an overview of the hoard, the circumstances surrounding
its discovery, and the traditions that have grown up around it. The
authors also incorporate results from their own recent research
which focuses on how, where and when the chessmen were made. Their
examination demonstrates how the work of different craftsmen can be
recognised, and the answer to the question of who might have owned
them is also considered. The result is a celebration of a famous
discovery, complete with images of all 93 pieces.
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