A few years ago, an ancient chess
piece was found on the shores of the island Hitra on the
west coast of Norway. It was most probably made by an artist in
Trondheim in the 12th century, the relation to the famous Lewis
chessmen is apparent (see Lewis chessmen).
However, the piece (a king) was badly worn down after 700 years
as you can see from the picture.
Memory organized a project with the
to recreate the chess piece to what it may originally have been. Archaeologists and historians gave
their advise of how the details probably were from their
knowledge about customs and fashions at that time. From this,
the artist reconstructed the piece as close to the original as
was possible. One topic for discussion among the project
participants was if the crown should be low or high, they
concluded it should be low according to the fashion at that
The "Hitra King" is extraordinary in
the way it was found and the way it was reconstructed.
The size is about 10 cm.
Reconsrtructed chess piece
Original as it was found