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The Game of Kings Exhibition Blog

"The Heather Isle" (Eilean an Fhraoich)

Barbara Drake Boehm, Paul and Jill Ruddock Senior Curator for The Met Cloisters

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011

The Lewis Chessmen were found on an island that can be reached today only by air, or by ferry that takes more than two hours to cross from the Scottish mainland. Much beloved by hikers, the island has a landscape and climate that are daunting. Storm winds over the island can be so strong in the winter that they blow small fish up to the very top of the cliffs at Barra Head, which rise 620 feet above the water. In December, Lewis enjoys less than an hour of sunlight a day.

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This blog accompanied the special exhibition The Game of Kings: Medieval Ivory Chessmen from the Isle of Lewis, on view at The Cloisters November 15, 2011–April 22, 2012.