jewelry from Kaupang
Roman doll 150 AD
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art from 1100 AD
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The Lewis chessmen were probably
made from walrus tusks about 1150 AD. Experts are
unanimous in regarding the find as the most
astonishing collection of ancient chessmen in
existence. The collection is on display in the
British Museum as one of the museum's highlights.
They were found on the Isle of Lewis
in the Hebrides west of Scotland in 1831, from
this the name "Lewis Chessmen". The
Hebrides were, during the 12th
century, part of the Norwegian Kingdom. The
ornaments on the back of the figures relate to
certain sculptures found in western Norway. A
queen nearly identical to the Lewis pieces has
been found in the Norwegian town of Trondheim,
and recently a king similar to the Lewis king was
found on an island west of Trondheim. It is,
therefore, believed the chessmen originate from a
Norwegian art workshop, possibly in Trondheim.
The Viking merchants brought walrus
ivory from Greenland to Norway, then marketed the
finished goods in the British Isles. The Vikings
were certainly more than raiders, they were
ingenious craftsmen and travelling merchants as
well. Traces of them were found on the Isle of
Lewis in 1831.
Complete Lewis chess set in
set consists of 32 replicas of the original Lewis
King, Queen, Bishop, Knight, Rook (functions as
tower), and Pawns (like rune stones), all
together 16 white and 16 brown pieces.
Included in the set is a
textile chess board, 45 x 45 cm.
Single chessmen are also available,
and a British Museum book which describes
the Isle of Lewis find, how it was found, its
origin and historical and artistic importance.
Lewis mini chess set
Reduced size chess pieces, height
about 3 - 4 cm. Contained in a sturdy box in
colors of ivory or brown. The box lid is designed
as chess board. The box is about 20 cm in
Lewis nøkkelringer with a chain.
Reduced size of a knight and a rook, approx. 5 cm