|Dimensions||45 x 31 x 31 cm|
King – 9cm Queen – 8.5cm Bishop – 9cm Knight – 9cm Rook – 8cm Pawn – 4.5cm
The most interesting and important of all early chess pieces are those which have come to be known as the “Lewis Chessmen”. There are seventy eight, of which sixty seven are in the British Museum, and the other eleven in the National Museum., Edinburgh. The pieces were found in 1831 in an underground chamber on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis.Their exact origin is unknown. They have been attributed both to Scotland and Scandinavia, but are generally accepted as twelfth century.
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