Celtic Chess Set and Board - Isle of Lewis, 1831, British Museum
Discovered in 1831 on the Isle of Lewis (largest island of the Outer Hebrides, Scotland), the Isle of Lewis Chess Set is one of the most remarkable artifacts from the medieval age. Their discovery was quite by accident when a sand bank receded and revealed them. Their precise history and provenance in unknown but the pieces exhibit a Scandinavian workmanship with interlocking animal and floral patterns and compact figures dating back to the mid to late 12th century. They constitute some of the few complete, surviving medieval chess sets, with the originals housed in both the British Museum and the National Museum in Edinburgh.
16.25" sq. x 2"H (pieces 1.5 - 2.5"H), Bonded Stone
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 8 yrs. Adult supervision is required with all items.