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wotanklan: Some of the Lewis Chessmen. Found on Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides/Scotland. These are crafted out of ivory walrus tusks, and are dated to the the 12’th century. Originally they probably consisted of ivory white and (painted) red sets, to distinguish the pieces from one another when playing, of course. Despite the obvious Christian traits and symbols, we can see elements of a more heathen nature among them, such as these shield biting warriors. As you all should k

These chess pieces, called the Lewis Chessmen, were found in Scotland (Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides) at some point before 1831 and were probably made in Scandinavia (thought to be Norway) about Walrus ivory and whales’ teeth.The British Museum.

The Lewis Chessmen; c.1100 walrus ivory chess pieces; Norway/UK [1389x454]

The mystery of who fashioned the precious ivory Lewis Chessmen lingers 800 years after the world’s most famous chess pieces were crafted.

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

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The century walrus ivory Isle of Lewis Chessmen, made in Scandinavia, one of the oldest sets in the world.

After consuming buckets of aul (or ale), the Vikings would head fearlessly into battle, often without armor or even shirts. In fact, "berserk" means "bare shirt" in Norse, and eventually took on the meaning of their wild battles. like most medieval brews their ale was bittered with herbal gruits, which were typically hallucinogenic; these carvings are from the British Museum showing beserkers biting their shields in rage...

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

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.

Шахматы :  " Льюиса "  ( Шотландия )

The Lewis Chessmen, carved from walrus ivory and whales teeth (Belonging to a group of 78 pieces found at one site on the Isle of Lewis (Uig) in Scotland, century, probably made by Viking craftsmen originating in Trondheim, Norway.

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

The chess pieces consist of elaborately worked walrus ivory and whales' teeth in the forms of seated kings and queens, mitred bishops, knights on their mounts, standing warders and pawns in the shape of obelisks. They were probably made in Norway, about AD 1150-1200. At this period, the Western Isles, where the chessmen were buried, were part of the Kingdom of Norway, not Scotland. It seems likely they were buried for safe keeping on route to be traded in Ireland.

The Lewis Chess Pieces, from the Isle of Lewis, Scotland The chess pieces consist of elaborately worked walrus ivory and whales' teeth in the forms of.

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