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Lewis Chessmen

chess set

The Lewis Chessmen is a group of 78 chess playing pieces, or "chessmen," discovered in 1831 on the isle of Lewis, one of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. The pieces likely represent the oldest and most complete medieval chess sets yet discovered. While they may represent parts from as many as four different sets, it is not known whether any of them represents one true complete set. Though valued by the British Museum, as one of its treasures, the pieces' true origins are still debated by scholars. Reproductions of the chessmen are common since their discovery. This set was made in 2014, representing the most recent scholarship in its coloration. Some of the existing original chessmen have the remnants of a red dye on their surfaces.

  • Manufacturer: The Chess Guild
  • Material: resin | paint | varnish
  • Origin: Holland, MI
  • Style: Medieval
  • Object ID: 114.1277
  • Credit Line: Gift of Victor and Bridget Rojas
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