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LEW001 The Lewis Chessmen (Consign)(NAT)

LEW001 The Lewis Chessmen (Consign)(NAT)
LEW001 The Lewis Chessmen (Consign)(NAT)
SKU: LEW001
Consignment item in good condition with original packaging!
Status: In Stock
Price: $19.95
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This fascinating set displays the famed Lewis Chessmen, found on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. While not necessarily the typical toy soldiers that we do carry, there is no doubt that these pieces display a fascination with military miniatures that is time-honored. This set is from The British Museum's giftshop and as far as we are aware, it is out of production.

The real chess pieces consist of elaborately worked Walrus ivory and whale's teeth. These bold simplified figures epitomise the Romanesque style and are superbly designed works of art.

By the end of the eleventh century, chess was a very popular game among the aristocracy throughout Europe. Of the ninety-three pieces known to us today, eighty-two can be found in the British Museum.

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